Syria abruptly cancels scheduled visit by Arab League Secretary General

Dina Ezzat , Tuesday 6 Sep 2011

Arab League Secretary General Nabil El-Arabi will not be going to Damascus on Wednesday as scheduled, after the Syrian leadership found his statements offensive

Arab League Secretary General Nabil El-Arabi
Arab League Secretary General Nabil El-Arabi

 The Syrian leadership has refused to receive Arab League Secretary General Nabil El-Arabi, who was due to arrive in Damascus tomorrow Monday for talks on the political crisis in the country.

Informed diplomatic sources told Ahram Online that the government of President Bashar Al Assad informed the Arab League that the visit was cancelled, after it was offended by statements made by El-Arabi to the press Tuesday afternoon.

In the course of his statements, El-Arabi said he was going to Damascus, carrying a message to the Syrian leadership.

In the context of the widespread condemnation within the Arab world of the brutal repression of the Syrian people by El-Assad's government, El-Arabi's statement was understood to imply that the Arab League chief diplomat was going to Damascus to urge its rulers to bring an end to the repression.  


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