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Qatar: Syrian opposition takes over national seat at Arab League00:41

Qatar: Syrian opposition takes over national seat at Arab League

Qatar, Doha
March 25, 2013 at 16:27 GMT +00:00 · Published

Qatar: Syrian opposition takes over national seat at Arab League

Foreign ministry representatives from across the 22 Arab states gathered Sunday in preparation for the 24th annual summit which will officially commence 26, 27 March. Top of the session's agenda, Secretary General Ahmad Ben Helli says are the latest developments in the Palestinian territories and Syria as well as Arab economic integration plans.

The most contentious issue will be around Syria who were excluded from the Arab League in November 2011 after member states resolved that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should step down. Following his refusal to do so, Syria has not been represented in the league. The Arab league has invited representatives of Syria's opposition including Ghassan Hitto, the newly elected Prime Minister of the Turkish based Syrian National Council.

Hitto is expected to use the platform to ask for more regional support and further the sanctions and trade blocks against the Assad government. Damascus is not expected to be adversely affected by these developments, having been frozen out of the League. The official transfer of the seat will be made once the summit gets under way.

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Qatar: Syrian opposition takes over national seat at Arab League

Foreign ministry representatives from across the 22 Arab states gathered Sunday in preparation for the 24th annual summit which will officially commence 26, 27 March. Top of the session's agenda, Secretary General Ahmad Ben Helli says are the latest developments in the Palestinian territories and Syria as well as Arab economic integration plans.

The most contentious issue will be around Syria who were excluded from the Arab League in November 2011 after member states resolved that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should step down. Following his refusal to do so, Syria has not been represented in the league. The Arab league has invited representatives of Syria's opposition including Ghassan Hitto, the newly elected Prime Minister of the Turkish based Syrian National Council.

Hitto is expected to use the platform to ask for more regional support and further the sanctions and trade blocks against the Assad government. Damascus is not expected to be adversely affected by these developments, having been frozen out of the League. The official transfer of the seat will be made once the summit gets under way.

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