Khatib Considers Nomination for Coalition Presidency, America Wants Seat for Kilo

Moaz Al-Khatib is considering re-running for the presidency of the Syrian National Coalition if the body was adequately expanded

 

Sheikh Moaz Al-Khatib is considering re-running for the presidency of the Syrian National Coalition, a source has told Zaman al-Wasl.

 

Khatib resigned from the presidency in protest over the internal operations of the organization and international influences earlier this year, but now believes if the body was adequately expanded, he may reconsider, the source said, adding that Khatib also believed he had enough internal support in Syria from the mothers of martyrs.

 

Meanwhile, the source also said that the American state secretary told a prominent member of the coalition they want Michel Kilo and the 25 members of his new political movement, 'The Democratic Pole,' to be guaranteed seats on the body.

 

"The man is liberal and he will balance the role of the Islamists in the Coalition," the Americans told the Coalition member, according to the source.

 

"His representation will give us a strong reason to support the Coalition which has proved that it doesn’t represent all the Syrian people," the Americans reportedly continued.

 

The source also added that Haytham Manna was called on to attend the Geneva 2 conference and was told he should be invited by the Coalition. "We want a unified opposition," the Americans reportedly told the Coalition member.

 

The source also said Khatib and Kilo were communicating.

 

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