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February 5, 2012 11:17 am

Clinton Calls For “Friends of Democratic Syria” to Unite

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Photo: wiki commons.

WSJ/AP – SOFIA, Bulgaria—U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Sunday for “friends of democratic Syria” to unite and rally against President Bashar Assad’s regime, previewing the possible formation of a formal group of likeminded nations to coordinate assistance to the Syrian opposition.

Speaking in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia a day after Russia and China blocked U.N. Security Council action on Syria, Mrs. Clinton said the international community had a duty to halt continuing bloodshed and promote a political transition that would see Mr. Assad step down. She said the “friends of Syria” should work together to promote those ends.

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