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AL chief regrets Syrian protesters' assault on opposition delegation

(Xinhua)

10:34, November 10, 2011

CAIRO, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- The Arab League (AL) Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi expressed his regret that Syrian protestors demonstrating at the AL headquarters assaulted a Syrian opposition delegation on Wednesday, Egyptian official news agency MENA reported.

Dozens of protesters banned a high-profile group of veteran Syrian dissidents from entering AL headquarters to meet Arabi, hurling eggs and tomatoes at them, according to the report.

The protestors said that those delegates are not from Syrian opposition but are loyalists to Syrian regime.

Arabi said at a press conference that the AL will meet all the Syrian opposition members and that he had met representatives of the Syrian National Council (SNC) for "many times."

He added, "the Arab working plan requires communications with Damascus, the oppositions and big numbers of Arab countries, and the meeting on Saturday is to evaluate the whole situation upon the available information of each party."

As for freezing Syrian membership in the AL, Arabi said "any suggestion from any country will be discussed by the ministerial council."

Hassan Abdel Salam, the general coordinator for the National Coordination Association of the National Democratic Change Movements, said the association that works inside Syrian government rejects foreign interference and supports toppling Syrian regime.

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