The Socialist International's (SI) meeting on the Arab Spring, scheduled to span two days, started in İstanbul on Friday.
The Special Committee on the Arab World meeting is being hosted by the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) on March 23-24 in İstanbul. The meeting started today at 10 a.m.
Representatives and leaders of SI member countries, as well as bloggers from Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria, are expected to participate to the meeting.
Releasing a written statement on the meeting on Thursday, CHP Deputy Chairman Faruk Loğoğlu told the Anatolia news agency that the meeting was organized to discuss social-democratic approaches to the transformation process in the Arab world and to discuss the Syrian regime's recent bloody crackdown on protesters in that country.