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Clinton meets with Syria opposition

GENEVA — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met here with leading members of Syria’s opposition Tuesday amid a fast-moving escalation of international pressure to force the departure of the country’s President Bashar al-Assad.

After nearly two hours of talks with top officials of the Syrian National Council, an umbrella organization that came together this summer, a senior State Department official said Clinton deemed them a “leading and legitimate representative of Syrians seeking a peaceful democratic transition.”

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