Perth - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the US will provide an additional $30 million in humanitarian aid to Syria, bringing the total US aid to the war-torn nation to $200 million.

Clinton made the announcement on Wednesday in Australia, where she is attending an annual summit with US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and their Australian counterparts.

France on Tuesday became the first Western country to formally recognize Syria's newly formed opposition coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people. The US also recognized the leadership body as a legitimate representative, but stopped short of describing it as a sole representative. - Sapa-AP