Arab League welcomes Syrian acceptance of its initiative

November 3, 2011

Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal led the Kingdom’s delegation to the extraordinary meeting of Arab League Foreign Ministers held in Cairo last night. The meeting was convened to discuss the crisis in Syria in view of the latest report issued by the Arab Ministerial Committee. During the session, which was chaired by Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr Al-Thani, the delegates discussed the latest developments and coordinated their positions.

In a statement released afterwards, the Ministerial Council welcomed Syria’s agreement to implement an Arab League-sponsored working plan to defuse the crisis, urging Damascus to promptly and strictly abide by the agreement. The plan calls for an immediate halt to violence by all parties, the release of detainees taken into custody in relation to the current unrest, the withdrawal of the military from cities and residential neighborhoods, and the allowing of Arab League agencies and international media to move freely in all parts of Syria for fact-finding and monitoring purposes.

The Arab Ministerial Committee will facilitate contacts between the Syrian government and opposition parties to guarantee implementation and to begin a national dialogue conference within two weeks. A special $1 million budget will be allotted for the Arab League Secretariat General to cover its Syria-related activities, the statement said, adding that the Ministerial Council remains ready to follow-up on the situation as it develops.