Syria Calls Arab League Suspension “Illegal”

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The Syrian Foreign Minister lashed out against the Arab League’s (AL) decision to suspend Syria’s membership on Monday. Walid al Moallem told a press conference that the decision to suspend his country’s membership was “illegal” and “lacked consensus”.

The Syrian FM said his country had made concerted efforts to comply with the Arab plan agreed between Damascus and the League last month. He said his country wanted an end to the crisis and urged the Arab plan to control the borders to prevent weapon influx to armed groups. The Syrian official also criticized AL chief Nabil al Arabi claiming his announcement that the Syrian issue would be referred to international organization was “humiliating.”

The Arab League has asked its members to withdraw ambassadors to Damascus. The league also suggested sanctions be imposed on Syria until it agrees to the terms of the peace plan.

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