Arab states are free to offer rebels military support-statement

CAIRO, March 6 (Reuters) - Arab states are free to offer military support to rebels fighting the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad if they wish, according a final statement of Arab League ministers on Wednesday.

The statement was issued at the end of a meeting of the League ministers in Cairo.

Previously the League had stressed that the Syrian opposition and rebels should be supported by humanitarian and diplomatic means. (Reporting by Ayman Samir; editing by David Stamp)