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Arab League to dispatch committee to Syria

(Xinhua)

10:39, August 28, 2011

CAIRO, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Arab League has decided to form a ministerial committee to visit Syria to help solve the crisis in the country at a special meeting of Arab League foreign ministers on Saturday night.

The committee will visit Damascus with an Arab initiative to solve Syria's crisis, said a statement issued after the meeting overnight on Saturday.

The AL expressed worries about the situation in Syria.

The pan-Arab body also stressed the necessity of stopping bloodshed and respecting the calls of Libyan people for political, economic and social reforms.

Syria's stability is the basis of stability of the Arab countries and the whole region, the statement said.

Arab foreign ministers warned Syria is witnessing a "dangerous crisis" that requires Arab cooperation to overcome it.

Oman Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi, who chaired the meeting, called for coordination and cooperation to help Syrians overcome the crisis in a way that achieves "freedom, justice and stability", the statement said.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al- Moallem did not attend the meeting. The Syrian ambassador to Egypt and the AL participated in the meeting.

Syria has seen persistent unrest since mid-March when anti-government protests broke out in the southern province of Daraa and spread to others cities.

Leaders of the United States, France, Germany and Britain have recently urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

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