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Kuwait and Qatar calls on Syrian regime to end bloodshed

Kuwait and Qatar urge the Syrian regime to stop repressing pro-democracy protesters and advocates a national dialogue with "true reforms" to pave the way for ending the crisis

Ahram Online and AFP, Friday 5 Aug 2011
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The Gulf state of Kuwait on Friday urged a halt in Syria's deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protesters and called for dialogue and "true reforms" to end the crisis.

"The state of Kuwait expresses its extreme pain for the continued bloodshed among the brotherly Syrian people," said a statement by a foreign ministry official cited by state news agency KUNA.

"Kuwait calls for dialogue and a political solution to allow implementing true reforms that meet the legitimate demands of the Syrian people away from the security actions," said the unnamed official.

The statement came after continued protests and demands by MPs for the Kuwaiti government to condemn the military crackdown in Syria and to expel the Syrian ambassador.

Islamist MPs and their supporters plan to hold a rally late Friday in solidarity with Syrian people despite scorching heat in this Arab desert state.

Qatar also expressed its concern over the escalation of violence across the country. In his regular weekly meeting, the Prime Minister Hamad Ben Gassem called on Statament President Bashar el-Assad’s regime and the opposition to stop the bloodshed and start respond to the legitimate demands of the Syrian people.

“the government of Qatar express’ its deep concern over the high number of civilians casualties  during the protests, we urge all the parties to start immediate talks as dialogue is the best way out of the current crisis in Syria” the statement said on Thursday.

But most of the Arab government remains silent over the situation in Syria. Last month Arab League Chief Nabil El-Araby showed no support to the international community pressures on Assad’s regime; Saying that  nobody has the right to say that the president of any country has lost his legitimacy.

El-Araby was referring to the US administration statement which said that President Assad had lost the legitimacy to lead his country.

"This issue is exclusively decided by the people," he said after meeting Assad, he said to reporter in Damascus

He added that President Assad assured him that "Syria has entered a new era and is now moving on the road of a genuine reform."

In June Ahmed bin Heli, said Syria was a "main factor of balance and stability in the region.

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