Posted at: 05/28/2013 9:10 AM
By: Associated Press
Leaders of Syria's opposition forces are getting a chance to make their case directly to Sen. John McCain. The Arizona Republican, who supports arming Syrian rebels, slipped into that country for a surprise visit.
A State Department official said the department was aware of McCain crossing into Syrian territory Monday, but further questions were referred to the senator's office.
McCain spokeswoman Rachel Dean confirmed the trip, but declined further comment.
The visit took place at the same time as meetings in Paris involving efforts to secure participation of Syria's opposition in an international peace conference in Geneva. And in Brussels, the European Union decided to lift the arms embargo on the Syrian opposition.