President Obama welcomed the formation of an umbrella group for Syrian rebels fighting to topple the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
"We are constantly consulting with the opposition on how they can get organized so that theyre not splintered and divided in the face of the onslaught from the Assad regime," he told a White House news conference.
"I'm encouraged to see that the Syrian opposition created an umbrella group that may have more cohesion than they've had in the past. We're going to be talking to them, he said.
We consider them a legitimate representative of the aspirations of the Syrian people. We're not yet prepared to recognize them as some sort of a government in exile but we do think it's a broad-based representative group."
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