Arab nations discuss Syria’s return to Arab League in Jordan

Amman, May 1 (EFE).- The foreign ministers of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Saudi Arabia met with their Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad in Amman on Monday to discuss Syria rejoining the Arab League.

This was the latest move in a growing rapprochement from regional heavyweights toward the war-torn country.

The aim of the meeting was to reach a political solution to end the Syrian crisis, as well as its diplomatic isolation in the Arab world since the outbreak of a conflict over a decade ago.

The meeting comes about two weeks after the foreign ministers of Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Oman gathered in the Saudi city of Jeddah for Syria’s re-entry to the league but ended with no sign of a breakthrough.

Syria was suspended from the 22-member Arab League in 2011 over the Syrian government’s crackdown on a pro-democracy uprising that soon evolved into a civil war.

Several nations in the Middle East and North Africa severed ties with Syria in the wake of the conflict.

However, a number of countries in the region, including Saudi Arabia, have taken steps toward an apparent rapprochement with the Syrian government since devastating earthquakes rocked large areas of Syria and Turkey in February.EFE


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