Syrian opposition expects Arab recognition
Paris - The opposition Syrian National Council, an umbrella body grouping parties in revolt against Bashar Assad's regime, said on Friday it expects to be recognised within days by several Arab states.
Currently meeting in Qatar under its Paris-based leader Burhan Ghalioun, the SNC is hopeful that it will win a diplomatic breakthrough on Sunday at meetings of the Arab League and Gulf Cooperation Council in Cairo.
"There should be an official recognition of the SNC by several Gulf countries," said Imad Hussari, a spokesperson for the group and leader of the "Local Coordination Committees" which mobilises protests inside Syria.
Another SNC figure, Istanbul-based Khaled Khoja, confirmed he expects recognition "by several Arab states in the coming days".
Currently, only Libya's post-revolutionary interim government recognises the SNC as its sole legitimate Syrian interlocutor, but the Gulf states decided on Monday to expel Syrian ambassadors from their capitals.
The SNC groups parties from different backgrounds, including Islamists from the Muslim Brotherhood and liberal nationalists. Officials said it will meet in Cairo or Istanbul on February 15 to choose a new chairperson.