US hosts a meeting that focuses on Syria after the fall of Assad

Two dozen countries that have concentrated on supporting Syria’s political opposition will meet today amid increasing signs that the regime of President Bashar al-Assad is losing control inside the country, along its borders and over its military, a U.S. official said yesterday.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will host the meeting of foreign ministers on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly, according to the official, who was not authorized to speak on the record.

The group will discuss an intensifying humanitarian crisis that’s displaced 1 million people internally and sent 294,000 refugees to neighboring countries, with as many as 3,000 more fleeing every day, according to the website of the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees.

Clinton will lead discussion about increasing pressure on the Syrian regime, as well as ways to hold regime officials accountable for crimes. The foreign ministers will focus mainly on ways to support the opposition, the U.S. official said.

That support is becoming increasingly focused on preparing the opposition to run Syria after the fall of the regime, which is slipping, the official said. Opposition members, some of whom will be at today’s meeting, have increasingly requested training in managing municipal services the government no longer handles, the official said.

Their concerns are about maintaining daily life: ensuring that electricity flows and bakeries still can make and sell bread. The U.S. and other countries see the training as a way to help them be ready when al-Assad’s government eventually falls.

Bloomberg

  • Leborigine

    All talk and no action. Aren’t these people sick of talking??

  • Leborigine

    All talk and no action. Aren’t these people sick of talking??

  • Leborigine

    All talk and no action. Aren’t these people sick of talking??

  • Shirdel2142

    Let me guess,after bashar assad is ousted some old forgotten leader will become the new president and he wants full cooperation with the U.S,and allows a foreign military base to be placed in its country for security maters,the middle east will never change,we just keep on getting played with forever till the end of time.

    • NAYYASHME3RAB

      do you have a date for the departure of bashar assad? please buddy i have been waiting for this since almost two years since this blog started promising us the imminent departure of assad; i feel he is getting stronger and stronger day after day; he was weak when he believed in democracy; now he is much more stronger since he is hitting the salafil rebels with an iron fist; so please if you have a date about his departure do you mind giving it to us; i will slaughter two hariri men for that occasion

  • Shirdel2142

    Let me guess,after bashar assad is ousted some old forgotten leader will become the new president and he wants full cooperation with the U.S,and allows a foreign military base to be placed in its country for security maters,the middle east will never change,we just keep on getting played with forever till the end of time.

    • NAYYASHME3RAB

      do you have a date for the departure of bashar assad? please buddy i have been waiting for this since almost two years since this blog started promising us the imminent departure of assad; i feel he is getting stronger and stronger day after day; he was weak when he believed in democracy; now he is much more stronger since he is hitting the salafil rebels with an iron fist; so please if you have a date about his departure do you mind giving it to us; i will slaughter two hariri men for that occasion

  • AntiFSA

    I think a new meeting is called for. However what should happen is all this dopey leaders should hold hands is pray so as to resurrect Nostradamus. After all, every prediction to date has be VERY WRONG These fools actually though that Assad will fall. LOL. The Lebanese border is but secured, (Thanks to Hezbollah) Homs is almost cleared. The Jordanian border is secured, The Iraqi border is also secured, And the big assault against these terrorist pigs in Aleppo has also started. And the best thing about it is, Morsi was given his exit papers. And Erdogan will be given his soon as well.

  • AntiFSA

    I think a new meeting is called for. However what should happen is all this dopey leaders should hold hands is pray so as to resurrect Nostradamus. After all, every prediction to date has be VERY WRONG These fools actually though that Assad will fall. LOL. The Lebanese border is but secured, (Thanks to Hezbollah) Homs is almost cleared. The Jordanian border is secured, The Iraqi border is also secured, And the big assault against these terrorist pigs in Aleppo has also started. And the best thing about it is, Morsi was given his exit papers. And Erdogan will be given his soon as well.