U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that outside assistance given to the Syrian opposition seeking the removal of President
Bashar al-Assad should strengthen moderate forces within it.
Kerry, on his first overseas tour since his appointment, was speaking at a news conference on a visit to Qatar, a Gulf Arab state that
provides support to Syrian opposition forces.
Asked about his talks about Syria with officials in Qatar and Saudi Arabia - an earlier stop on his tour, Kerry added that the United
States had had talks on which kinds of arms were being transferred to which Syrian opposition forces.
Saudi Arabia and Qatar share the West's alarm at the rise of al Qaeda-aligned groups in Syria, but say the answer is for outsiders like
them to be more involved in backing rebels there.
The two Gulf Arab states rooting for Assad's overthrow have argued that building ties through aid to favoured opposition groups is the only
way to ensure that other, hardline Islamist factions are sidelined.