Arab FMs to discuss Syria next week

The FMs' meeting comes at the request of the Syrian opposition.

Arab FMs to discuss Syria next week

Arab foreign ministers will hold an extraordinary meeting in Cairo on Sunday to discuss the latest efforts to hold a planned international peace conference on Syria dubbed "Geneva-2."

Ashour bin Rashed, Libya's representative at the Cairo-based Arab League, said the meeting would tackle the latest developments in the Syrian crisis and the outcome of a regional tour by UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in which the latter had promoted the planned conference.

The FMs' meeting comes at the request of the Syrian opposition, which seeks Arab support at the upcoming conference, bin Rashed told Anadolu Agency.

Syrian Opposition Coalition head Ahmad Jarba had asked Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi to help close the ranks of the Syrian opposition so that a unified delegation might take part in the oft-delayed conference, bin Rashed added.

The conference had initially been planned for late May, after having first been proposed at a Moscow meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

But amid disagreements as to who should have seats at the table, the event was repeatedly postponed.

Earlier this month, Brahimi asserted that a definitive date for the conference had yet to be set, although al-Arabi has said it was slated for November 23.

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Last Mod: 28 Ekim 2013, 17:25
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