Obama Recognizes Rebels As Legitimate Representatives Of Syrian People
In an interview with ABC News, President Obama Tuesday said that his administration now formally recognizes the Syrian rebels who are fighting President Bashar Assad.
"We've made a decision that the Syrian Opposition Coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the Syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the Syrian people in opposition to the Assad regime," the president told ABC News' Barbara Walters.
The president called the move "a big step," but with this also comes the responsibility to make sure the rebel coalition organizes themselves properly and is inclusive of all parties, including women.
ABC News will air the full interview with Friday at 10 p.m. ET.