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Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad (file photo)

Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad (file photo)

Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad has said that the recent meeting of the Syrian opposition in Qatar's capital Doha amounted to a "declaration of war" against Damascus. Miqad said on Wednesday that since the four-day meeting in the Qatari capital, Doha, rejected any dialogue with the Damascus government to end the crisis and instead called for the continuation of fighting inside the country, it amounts to "declaration of war." "The Doha meeting was a declaration of war. These people (the opposition) don't want to solve the issue peacefully through the mechanisms of the UN," Miqdad said, adding that "We read the Doha document and they reject any dialogue with the government." He also described the so-called National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces a foreign-backed structure formed to destroy Syria. The coalition was established after opposition groups signed a unity agreement to form a new leadership against President Bashar al-Assad in Doha, under pressure from the United States, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Miqdad also stated that the newly-established bloc does not have the support of Syrians. He told Russia Today TV channel that after the Americans found out that 'Istanbul Council', which they had formed, will not meet their goals, they arranged the Doha meeting and set up a new opposition bloc to achieve their anti-Syria objectives. The Arab League and six Persian Gulf Arab states have so far recognized the newly-established bloc as the Syrian people's legitimate representative. The European Union and US have also declared support for the opposition bloc, but fell short of recognizing it. On Tuesday, French President Francois Hollande recognized Syria's opposition coalition, becoming the first Western power to recognize it. HM/AZ/SS
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