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Qatar hands Syrian opposition $20m

Moves comes amid visit of SNC President Moaz Alkhatib to wealthy Gulf state

Qatar hands Syrian opposition $20m
Syrian National Coalition President Moaz Alkhatib.

Qatar has agreed to give US$20m to the Syrian opposition to help it
form a transitional government.

Syrian National Coalition President Moaz
Alkhatib visited Doha to secure Qatari financial support, but the establishment
of a transitional government to run rebel-held areas has nevertheless been postponed until
next month.

Financial stability is required to make a transitional government viable, but members of the coalition have opted to revisit the issue in about
ten days, Reuters reported.

The Syrian opposition is meeting again on January 28
in Paris along with representatives from some 20 countries supporting its
initiative.

Estimated US$40m a day is the budget needed
by the transitional government to operate, according to a source quoted by Doha
News
.