Arab Foreign Ministers give Syria 48 hours to sign monitors protocol

November 24, 2011

Concluding an extraordinary session in Cairo today, the Arab Foreign Ministers Council called upon the Syrian government to sign, within forty-eight hours, a protocol document agreeing to an Arab monitoring mission. During the meeting, the ministers reviewed the crisis in Syria, noting the continuation of deadly violence against civilians. According to a statement released by the Council, Arab League Secretary General Nabil Al-Arabi will dispatch an Arab League Monitoring Mission to Syria once it gains that country’s approval.

The Foreign Ministers also called upon the Syrian government and opposition to hold a national dialogue conference with the purpose of forming a national unity caretaker government. They warned that if Syria fails to permit the monitoring mission, protect civilians, end the violence, and release political prisoners, the Arab Economic and Social Council will consider imposing economic sanctions against the Syrian government during its meeting on Saturday.

Prince Saud Al-Faisal led the Kingdom’s delegation to the meeting, which was chaired by Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al-Thani. The Foreign Ministers of Egypt, Sudan, Algeria and Oman, along with Arab League Secretary General Dr. Nabil Al-Arabi, also participated.