U.S. welcomes election of Syrian rebel PM

Ghassan Hitto, the Syrian opposition's newly elected interim prime minister, center, is congratulated by other members after a press conference in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON: The United States on Tuesday welcomed the election of a long-time Texas resident as the Syrian rebel prime minister, voicing hopes he can foster "unity and cohesion among the opposition.

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US officials "know and respect" Ghassan Hitto from his work with the Syrian coalition on humanitarian efforts in Syria, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters, although she refused to confirm he was an American citizen.

The Daily Star - Lebanon