Saudi Arabia will host a meeting of Syrian opposition groups to stress the need for a political settlement in the country.

According to the Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television, the decision to this effect emerged after a meeting of Gulf Arab heads of state in Riyadh.

The statement issued after the meeting in Riyadh said that the meeting would try to map out the landscape after Assad and stress the need for a political solution that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people.

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