November 12, 2012 / 4:49 PM / 5 years ago

Gulf Arab states recognize Syrian opposition coalition

DUBAI (Reuters) - The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) said on Monday it will recognize Syria's newly formed opposition coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

Syrian opposition groups struck a deal in Doha on Sunday to form a broad coalition to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

"The GCC declares its recognition of the Syrian national coalition ... as the legitimate representative of the brotherly Syrian people," Abdulatif al-Zayani, the GCC's secretary general, said in a statement. (Writing by Amran Abocar; Editing by Michael Roddy)

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