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Reports: Arab Parliament urges Arab League to reinstate Syria

Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Abu Gayt (top L) and Djibouti's Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf (top C) attend the 148th session of the Arab League Council at the level of foreign ministers in Cairo, Egypt on 12 September, 2017 [Ahmed Al Sayed/Anadolu Agency]
Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit (top L) and Djibouti's Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf (top C) attend the 148th session of the Arab League Council at the level of foreign ministers in Cairo, Egypt on 12 September, 2017 [Ahmed Al Sayed/Anadolu Agency]

The Arab Parliament urged the Arab League on Friday to reinstate Syria’s membership, which was suspended seven years ago, Reuters reports Egypt’s state news agency as saying yesterday.

The Arab Parliament’s call is a sign that the Arab League may move to reinstate Syria after it was suspended in November 2011 in response to the Syrian government’s violent attacks on protests.

For Syria to be reinstated, the Arab League must reach a consensus, though some Arab countries may express reservations but nevertheless allow the move.

Mahmoud Afifi, spokesman for Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit, told Reuters he had no further comment and referred to statements by Aboul Gheit on the issue.

“The decision to suspend the Syrian seat in the Arab League was, in my opinion, a very hasty decision,” Aboul Gheit told the newspaper UAE-based Al Bayan in April.

Egyptian state-run media outlets have repeatedly called for Syria’s reinstatement over the last several months.

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