(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Al-Jarba will meet with National Security Adviser Susan Rice this week, along with other National Security Council staff, and a meeting with President Barack Obama is possible, the White House said Monday.
"I do not have any scheduling announcements for the President at this time, though I certainly would not rule out the possibility that he might stop by and meet with President Jarba," press secretary Jay Carney said during a briefing.
The US is pleased to welcome the delegation of Syrian National Coalition for revolutionary and opposition forces, which arrived last week in Washington and is visiting through Wednesday, Carney said.
It is the coalition's first visit to the US since being established in 2012.
"As part of our commitment to empower the moderate Syrian opposition and to bolster its efforts to assist those in need inside of Syria, the US is taking additional measures to support the local communities inside Syria and members of the moderate armed opposition," Carney said.
Last week, the State Department announced its determination that the coalition's representative offices in the United States are foreign missions under the Foreign Missions Act.
"We also announced we are working with Congress to provide more than 27 million dollars in new non-lethal assistance, bringing the total non-lethal support we have committed and are providing to the Syrian opposition to nearly 287 million (dollars)," Carney said.