Syrian opposition President Ahmad Jarba (C) chats with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) before their meeting at the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing on April 16. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO
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The head of Syria's main opposition group has asked Saudi Arabia to increase its support for the rebel Free Syrian Army, his advisor said Wednesday.Saudi Arabia is one of the main backers of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad in a civil war increasingly seen as a proxy battle between it and regional rival Iran, a close ally of the regime. Ahmed Jarba, head of the opposition National Coalition, met with Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz and Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal on Tuesday. Election rules require candidates to have lived in Syria for the last decade, effectively preventing key opposition figures in exile from standing.
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