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.