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Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib (al-Jazeera TV)
Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib (al-Jazeera TV)

Syria's Opposition Chief Ahmed Moaz Al Khatib resigns

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Agencies- The head of the Syrian National Coalition Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib resigned on Sunday, saying in a statement he had taken the step so he could work with more freedom.



Syria's opposition chief Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib, Syria's opposition leader, has announced his resignation from the National Coalition, his spokesman told pan-Arab TV Al- Jazeera.

Mohamed Ali told al-Jazeera that the resignation followed Saturday's meeting with the European Union, "which resulted in achieving nothing".



On Sunday, a statement released on his facebook page, al-Khatib confirmed his resignation from the dissident group recognized by dozens of states and organisations as a legitimate representative of the Syrian people.





Reports said that al-Khatib appeared to criticise the world community for not doing enough to stop two years of bloodshed in Syria.



"I announce my resignation from the National Coalition, so that I can work with a freedom that cannot possibly be had in an official institution," al-Khatib said in the statement.

"I had promised the great Syrian people and promised God that I would resign if matters reached some red lines," he said in a statement posted on his official Facebook page. He did not explain what had prompted his resignation.



"Now I am fulfilling my promise and announcing my resignation from the National Coalition in order to be able to work with freedom that cannot be available within the official institutions," he said.



"For the past two years, we have been slaughtered by an unprecedentedly vicious regime, while the world has looked on," al-Khatib said.

"All the destruction of Syria's infrastructure, the detention of tens of thousands of people, the forced flight of hundreds of thousands and other forms of suffering have been insufficient for the international community to take a decision to allow the people to defend themselves," he added.



The surprise resignation comes just days after the first election in Istanbul of an opposition prime minister, Ghassan Hitto, and just over two years on from the outbreak of an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad`s regime.



Also, Syria's opposition chief Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib resignation & statement come hours after the Arab League extended an invitation to the opposition coalition to attend the summit in Qatar next week.

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