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Arab League ministerial committee discusses Syrian crisis


12:59, November 12, 2011

CAIRO, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Arab League (AL) ministerial committee held a meeting Friday on the latest situation in Syria, ahead of an extraordinary meeting of Arab foreign ministers on Saturday.

The foreign ministers of Qatar, Sudan, Oman, Algeria and Saudi Arabia attended the meeting, Egypt's official MENA news agency reported.

AL chief Nabil al-Arabi presented to the committee a report which includes the demands of the Syrian opposition and assessment of the Syrian government's commitment to the Arab peace initiative, it added.

Earlier on Friday, al-Arabi met with a Syrian opposition delegation to discuss ways of putting an end to the Syrian crisis. The Syrian opposition group called for necessary actions from the Arab countries to protect the lives of the Syrian people and suspending the Syria membership at the AL.

A new wave of protests and violence swept some areas in Syria on Friday, as the Syrian government welcomed an AL fact-finding mission to visit the country.

According to Syrian official SANA news agency, Syrian ambassador to the AL Yusuf Ahmad stressed Syria's commitment and seriousness to implement the AL initiative, pointing out that Syria has already implemented most of it.

On Nov. 2, the Syrian government accepted a peace plan put forward by the AL, which called for stopping violence and withdrawing the military vehicles from Syrian streets, as well as the release of detainees and a dialogue between Syrian authorities and the opposition.

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