US delegation to consider additional support for Syrian opposition

“While in Turkey, the delegation will meet with representatives from international humanitarian and non-governmental organizations to discuss assistance for Syrian refugees, as well as assistance being provided to those in Syria,” the State Department said in a statement. “They will also visit a Syrian refugee camp. In addition, the delegation will meet with Turkish government officials and members of the Syrian Opposition Coalition.

“In Jordan, the delegation will visit programs that support Syrian refugees living in local communities. They will also meet with representatives from the Government of Jordan and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.”

The trip comes after a bipartisan Senate delegation traveled to Egypt, Afghanistan, Jordan and Israel last week to discuss the Syrian crisis and other regional issues. The five senators — John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) — are scheduled to make their findings public at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

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