Arab ministers to meet on Saturday over Syria

Reuters , Monday 12 Dec 2011

Arab foreign ministers will meet on Saturday to discuss a response to Syria's conditional acceptance of an Arab peace plan aimed at ending a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters

Syria faces sanctions from Arab nations in response to its violent crackdown on protests against President Bashar al-Assad. The Arab League has repeatedly extended deadlines for Syria to agree to a plan that would see Arab monitors oversee its withdrawal of troops from towns. The latest expired on 4 December.

Egypt's MENA news agenc said that a small group of ministers would meet first on Saturday, followed by a broader meeting of ministers led by Qatar from the 22-member League the same day. Syria has been suspended from the League. Arab Foreign ministers would meet at end of the week, but had not given a day

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem wrote to the League saying Damascus was prepared to sign an ageement that would allow League monitors into Syria, on certain conditions.

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