Syria to be readmitted soon to Arab League, says FM

Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi
(File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi shared on Friday that Syria should soon be able to return to the Arab League after a decade of its membership being suspended, according to Reuters. اضافة اعلان

Safadi highlighted that Syria’s return would not be without challenges, especially in resolving the country’s decade-old conflict.

Syria’s suspension was suspended in 2011 over Bashar Al-Assad’s violent crackdown on an uprising that evolved into the civil war.

Safadi highlighted that Syria had enough votes among the group’s 22 members to regain its seat and that it should happen soon.

Resuming meetingsA spokesperson for the Arab League said on Thursday that Arab ministers will resume meetings in Cairo on Sunday to discuss Syria amid the regional push to normalize ties with Assad.

Several Arab states including Saudi Arabia and Egypt have recently re-engaged with Syria through high-level visits and meetings, although some including Qatar remain opposed to full normalization without a political solution to Syria's conflict

At a meeting in Amman on May 2, Syria's Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad met for the first time with Arab ministers as part of a Jordanian initiative to get Damascus to negotiate a peace plan.

It lays a road map for ending the conflict would include addressing the issues of refugees, missing detainees, drug smuggling, and Iranian militias in Syria.

Safadi said Syria's readiness to make real progress in resolving the conflict would help it win the crucial Arab support to lobby for an eventual end of Western sanctions that are a major impediment to launching a major reconstruction effort.

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