Arab league holds back restoration of Syrian membership

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/3/8 9:03:38

Syria's return to the Arab League after six years of membership suspension is untimely and it needs more deliberation and development, the Arab League (AL) chief told reporters in a press conference on Tuesday.

"The situation is not yet ready for taking a step in this direction or even discuss it in Arab joint bilateral, trilateral of multilateral talks," AL Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit said following a regular meeting of Arab foreign ministers.

The issue was raised by Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, who said that restoring Syria's AL membership is "inevitable."

Syria's AL membership was suspended in November 2011 after months of heavy security crackdown on protesters against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, which later developed into deadly confrontations, with chaotic consequences still going on.

The decision was approved by 18 out of 22 Arab states; it was rejected by Lebanon and Yemen while Iraq abstained and Syria was absent.

Russia, which is currently assisting Assad's forces in Syria, called in early February for Syria's return to the Arab organization, whereas Aboul-Gheit ruled out the possibility any time soon.

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