As Syria's opposition formed a new National Coalition against the Assad regime, voting in former Iman Mouaz al-Khatib as president, the U.S. declared its support for the rebels. Al Arabiya
reported Mark Toner of the State Department said:
"We look forward to supporting the National Coalition as it charts a course toward the end of Assad’s bloody rule and the start of the peaceful, just, democratic future that all the people of Syria deserve."
Al-Khatib will lead the new National Coalition of Forces of the Syrian Revolution and Opposition, which has ruled out any dialogue with Assad's government and aims to work “for the fall of the regime and of all its symbols and pillars.”
The U.S. further stated "We will work with the National Coalition to ensure that our humanitarian and non-lethal assistance serves the needs of the Syrian people.”
Meanwhile British Prime Minister David Cameron has suggested arming the Syrian opposition, under, the Telegraph
reports, "the pretext of recognising their 'right to self-defence'". Cameron hopes to renegotiate the European Union's arms embargo.
The Syrian opposition would benefit from the arms embargo being lifted, but contains terrorist elements and radical Islamists. It has the support and financial backing of Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Various sources report
there is already in place a multilateral U.S.-Libya-Turkey agreement to get weapons into the hands of Syrian rebels, with former Libyan LIFG group leader, Abdel Hakim Belhaj, acting as an intermediary between the CIA and the Syrian rebels.