Syrian opposition plans Cairo meeting

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Syrian opposition members residing abroad are planning to hold a meeting in Cairo later in the month to organize and unite efforts against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The meeting aims to gather representatives of the Syrian youth protesting, traditional opposition groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as exiled anti-regime activists, the daily added.

According to the Wall Street Journal, meeting have been held in recent weeks across Europe, but participants have failed to agree on a united strategy.

“The Cairo conference, which still requires Egyptian authorities' approval, would be the first large-scale gathering of Syria's opposition in an Arab capital in more than a decade,” the newspaper quoted an activist as saying.

The daily also reported that exiled activists will communicate with protestors in Syria to agree “on a preliminary platform ahead of the meeting or at least involve them in its agenda.”

The paper cited opposition activists as saying that Assad’s advisor, Bouthaina Shaaban, had approached leading opposition member Michel Kilo. However, the sources did provide any further details on the meeting.

-NOW Lebanon

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