Syrian opposition parties on Wednesday decided to set up a committee to help the country for trasition from dictatorship to democracy.
About 300 Assad opponents in exile gathered at a hotel to try to give structure and voice to the movement, which has been mostly leaderless.
Most activists in Syria were banned from meeting. Also it was not certain whether the exiled community’s efforts to form a united front would succeed.
For several days, the staging of the conference seemed remote as several activists in Syria questioned its goals and motives. Since an agreement has emerged over the goals, the organizers said many people have come forward to join the front to oppose the Syrian government.
The Muslim Brotherhood members who fled Syria after the major uprising against the government three decades ago also turned up, they said.
A committee will be elected on Thursday that can act as the voice of the opposition in dealings with the world powers, especially the United States.
US President Barack Obama has rejected the Syrian government’s use of violence and has asked Assad to take part in the reforms or to step down.