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Saudi Arabia refuses to include Syrian flag in Arab League summit

Image of the Arab League's meeting on Aleppo, at the Arab League office in Cairo, Egypt on December 20 2016 [Ahmed Gamil/Anadolu]
Image of the Arab League's meeting on Aleppo, at the Arab League office in Cairo, Egypt on December 20 2016 [Ahmed Gamil/Anadolu]

Saudi Arabia is said to have rejected the inclusion of the Syrian flag at the Arab League summit due to begin in Jordan tomorrow.

Syrian sources pointed out that Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Algeria have called for the return of the Syrian regime to the Arab League, but their attempts were rejected by the Gulf countries, led by Saudi Arabia.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari today called for the return of Syria to the Arab League, and to review the decision to suspend the Syrian delegation's participation in the meetings.

All the peoples of the Arab countries, including the people of Syria, must be represented in all their history and heroism in the Arab League, regardless of existing differences.

Syria's membership was suspended in 2011 when Arab ambassadors were withdrawn from Damascus.

Lebanon's President Michel Aoun and Somali President, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, will attend the meeting for the first time.

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