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Saudi Arabia and Qatar funding Syrian rebels

Saudi Arabia and Qatar are paying salaries to rebel forces fighting in the Syrian revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, an Arab diplomat said on Saturday.

June 24, 2012 9:53
Syria issues amnesty for crimes during uprising

Syria issues amnesty for crimes during uprising

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has granted a general amnesty for crimes committed since the outbreak of a 10-month uprising against his rule, the state news agency SANA reported on Sunday.

January 15, 2012 2:18

Saudi Arabia urges citizens to leave Syria

Saudi Arabia urged its citizens on Tuesday to quickly leave Syria to avoid getting caught in a military crackdown on months of popular protests, the Saudi state news agency reported.

November 30, 2011 12:08

Turkey’s Gul says change is inevitable in Syria

Turkish President Abdullah Gul said neighbouring Syria has reached a dead end and change is inevitable, but everything must be done to prevent the country from descending into civil war.

November 22, 2011 2:12

UK says steps up contact with Syrian opposition

British Foreign Secretary William Hague will meet with Syrian opposition representatives in London next week in an intensification of contact with opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, the foreign ministry said on Friday.

November 19, 2011 1:35

UAE condemns attack on its Damascus Embassy

The UAE condemned an attack on Wednesday on its embassy in the Syrian capital, the state news agency WAM reported.

November 17, 2011 3:22

Turkey warns Syria against import ban

Turkey threatened on Friday to retaliate against Syria for its decision to impose a sweeping import ban, in a further sign of fraying ties between the two neighbours over Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's bloody crackdown on protesters.

October 1, 2011 12:40

France hails Syria Council, develops contacts

France welcomes formation of Syrian National Council; Paris says developing contacts with Syrian opposition; Secular Syrian opposition to meet in Paris at weekend

September 17, 2011 3:31
UK minister cautious on Syrian oil sanctions

UK minister cautious on Syrian oil sanctions

Britain has not yet decided whether to back proposed EU sanctions on Syrian oil, and is wary of measures that could hurt the Syrian people more than President Bashar al-Assad, a junior foreign minister said on Saturday.

August 21, 2011 11:46

Syrian, Saudi leaders tackle tension in Lebanon

Leaders seek to avert crisis with Hezbollah over tribunal.

July 31, 2010 2:45