Arab League chief may go to Syria this week

Reuters , Sunday 4 Sep 2011

Secretary-general of the Arab League says Damascus welcomes his visit tentatively planned for this week, which aims to convey Arab worries about violence against civilians

Arab League chief Nabil El-Arabi said on Sunday he could visit Syria this week to voice Arab worries after Damascus sent troops and tanks to crush street protests against President Bashar Al-Assad's rule.

"The Syrian government told me that it welcomes the visit of the secretary-general at any time, which will probably be this week," the secretary-general told a news conference in Cairo.

"I did not ask for guarantees and will communicate the Arab worries about the incidents in Syria and listen to the opinion of the Syrian authorities," said El-Arabi.

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