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Obama: US will work to up support for Syria rebels

US president speaks with emir of Qatar, another backer of Syrian opposition, during latter’s visit to the White House

US President Barack Obama, with Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani of Qatar, following their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 23, 2013. (photo credit: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
US President Barack Obama, with Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani of Qatar, following their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 23, 2013. (photo credit: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the US and Qatar will continue to work on more support for the Syrian opposition in the coming months.

His remarks come after Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that the U.S. will double its nonlethal assistance to the opposition. That’s an additional $123 million in supplies that could include armored vehicles, body armor and night vision goggles.

Obama spoke at the White House alongside the emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani. The Qatari leader is one of several Mideast leaders Obama has invited to the White House following his trip to the region.

Obama also says he and the emir spoke about Egypt and Middle East peace. He says both leaders are under no illusions about the difficulties in solving the region’s problems.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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