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Arab League to Readmit Syria

Sunday 06 January 2019 02:03 PM

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The Arab League is preparing a resolution that will readmit Syria to the regional bloc and could begin discussions as early as this month, a diplomatic source from an Arab member state told Sputnik.
"The Arab League is working on a draft resolution to restore Syria’s membership. It might be put up for debate at the Economic and Social Summit in Beirut," the source said.
Beirut will host the summit January 19-20. Lebanon's foreign minister has reportedly been lobbying member states to re-invite Syria after its membership was suspended, but a final decision has been put off until the next meeting in Tunisia.
Lebanon, however, cannot unilaterally ask Syria to attend the meeting in its capital in late January, as invitations are sent on behalf of the 22-nation organization.

Syria’s membership of the League was suspended in 2011, in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings. Saudi Arabia, reportedly seen as Syria’s rival in the group, said last week it did not mind the return of Damascus, following the UAE’s reopening of its embassy in the capital city after a six-year break.