Syria calls for Arab League meet

Syria calls for Arab League meet

Syria has called for an emergency Arab summit for preventing being suspended by the Arab League, but the organization said it would meet opposition.

Decision of the Arab League to suspend Syria and impose sanctions over its violent crackdown on eight months of protests infuriated Damascus and triggered attacks on Saudi Arabian, French, and Turkish missions in Syria on Saturday night.


The United States, France and Britain, which have all called on Assad to step aside and pressed for United Nations condemnation of Syria, praised the Arab League‘s suspension of Damascus, which takes effect on Wednesday.

Syrian state television said the aim of its proposed summit would be to discuss the unrest and the “negative repercussions on the Arab situation.”

Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby said on Sunday that League officials would meet representatives of Syrian opposition groups on Tuesday, but added that it was too soon for the Cairo-based body to consider recognising the Syrian opposition as the country’s legitimate authority.

Most foreign media have been banned by Syrian authorities from the country, making independent confirmations of reports difficult.

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