The head of Syria's largest exile opposition group says he would welcome Arab military action aimed at ending attacks by Bashar Assad's regime against Syrian rebel forces and civilians.

Burhan Ghalioun, head of the Syrian National Council, made the comments on Saturday before a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers. The envoys are to discuss the bloodshed in Syria, including last week's massacre of more than 100 people in Houla.

Gulf nations such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar have pledged funds to aid Syria's rebels, but there is no direct evidence that anti-Assad forces are becoming better armed. The Arab League, however, does not appear ready to deploy its own troops.

Kofi Annan, the international envoy for Syria, is also in Doha.