Arab League agrees to re-admit Syria after 12 years of suspension

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AMMAN — After 12 years of suspension, Syria is set to rejoin the Arab League. The decision was made in an extraordinary session held in Cairo on Sunday, where Arab League ministers agreed to the entry of Syria into the pan-Arab organization. اضافة اعلان

However, many commentators have said that the decision is conditional, and there is a long way to go before Syria fully re-integrates into the league, according to various media outlets.

Consultative meetingArab League officials discussed the entry of Syria into the pan-Arab organization in Cairo, and a meeting of foreign ministers was described as consultative on Sunday.

Gamal Rushdy, the spokesman for the Arab League, announced that the Arab foreign ministers would take a decision on Syria's return to the league during their emergency meeting.

The meeting also discussed the results of the mini-Arab ministerial meetings held in Saudi Arabia and Jordan to discuss Syria's return to the league and its invitation to the next Arab summit in Riyadh.

Challenges aheadForeign Minister Ayman Safadi said earlier that Syria would soon be able to return to the Arab League, but there are many challenges awaiting it in resolving the conflict that has been going on for more than a decade in the country.

Safadi added that Syria has enough votes among the 22 members of the university to regain its seat, and the return to the Arab League will be symbolically important.

However, he also warned that this is just a very modest beginning of a long and difficult process, given the complexities of the crisis after 12 years of conflict.

"Syria's willingness to make real progress in resolving the conflict will help it win crucial Arab support to press for an eventual end to Western sanctions, which are a major obstacle to starting major reconstruction efforts,” he said.

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