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    Saudi-Backed Syrian Opposition Calls for Friends of Syria Emergency Meeting

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    The head of the Riyadh-backed opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) called for an emergency meeting of the Friends of Syrian People Group in Paris in order to discuss ways to solve the crisis in Syria.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Friends of Syria is a group of countries and international organizations that convene to discuss the topic of Syrian crisis outside the UN Security Council.

    France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, the HNC opposition group, the Arab League, the European Union, the United Nations are among the members of the group.

    “In light of the horrific massacres and the military escalation by the regime and its allies, Dr. Hijab called for holding an extraordinary meeting in Paris for the Friends of Syrian People Group, with the aim to contain this crisis, put an end to the hostilities against the Syrian people and put pressure on the regime and its allies to abide by the International resolutions and put an end to their severe violations against the Syrian people,” Riad Hijab, HNC General Coordinator, said in a statement on Wednesday.

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