Syria opposition coalition welcomes British recognition

CAIRO Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:15am EST

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CAIRO (Reuters) - The Cairo-based Syrian National Coalition opposition group on Tuesday welcomed Britain's official recognition of it as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people, a coalition spokesman said.

"This step is very important and I think it will encourage more Syrians to join the coalition and trust it and it will also encourage other European states to recognize it," Walid al-Bunni, the coalition spokesman, told Reuters.

(Reporting by Yasmine Saleh; Editing by Andrew Osborn)