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Obama, Saudis to discuss boosting moderate Syria opposition: US

Published on Mar 29, 2014 12:42 AM

RIYADH (AFP) - US President Barack Obama was in Riyadh Friday to discuss with Saudi officials ways to "best empower" Syria's moderate opposition, including militarily, a senior White House official said.

Cooperation over support for the opposition in the past few months helped improve strained links between Washington and its traditional ally, deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes told reporters travelling with Obama on board Air Force One.

"That will definitely be one of the main topics of conversation is how do we best empower the moderate opposition inside of Syria politically, militarily as a counterweight to (President Bashar) Assad," he said.

Saudi Arabia has strong reservations about efforts by Washington and other major world powers to negotiate a deal with Iran on its nuclear programme.

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