WASHINGTON – Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Thursday that the U.S. has pledged $60 million of non-lethal aid to the political opposition in Syria but stopped short of supplying weapons or other military equipment that the rebels had previously demanded.
Kerry made the announcement in Rome at the Friends of Syria meeting. He is currently on a nine-country tour through Europe and the Middle East, addressing issues such as the Syrian conflict, Iran’s nuclear program and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The chief of the Syrian National Coalition, Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, “expressed disappointment” for the West’s focus “on the presence of Islamists among rebels,” according to AFP.
Host Rob Sachs spoke with Dr. Bilal Saab, executive director and head of research & public affairs of the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA) North America Inc. in Washington, D.C., to discuss the aid and U.S. change of policy concerning Syria.
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