Algeria’s president hints at Syria’s return to the Arab League – Middle East Monitor

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At the next Arab summit in March, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune indicated the possibility of Syria returning to the Arab League. Anadolu agency reported.

“Syria should be present,” said Tebboune on state television when asked whether Syria would return to the Arab League at the next Arab summit in Algeria.

He stated that the summit must be inclusive and the Arab world united.

“When we organize an Arab summit, we want it to be inclusive and a launch pad for the reunification of the fragmented Arab world,” said Tebboune. “We are a country that always knits splinters.”

A majority of the member states of the Arab League voted on November 12, 2011 to suspend Syria’s membership in response to the regime’s crimes against Syrian civilians. Algeria was one of the few countries that spoke out against the suspension of Syria.

Since July, Arab normalization has accelerated with the Syrian regime, in particular Jordan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt represented by mutual meetings, agreements and economic arrangements.

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On November 9, the UAE Foreign Minister met with Bashar al-Assad, head of the Syrian regime, in the capital Damascus for the first high-level visit to the Gulf country since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011.

The next Arab League summit in Algeria in March is to discuss the restoration of Syrian membership, which has been frozen since 2011 due to the violence of the Assad regime against civilians.

In a similar context, Tebboune said that the upcoming Algeria summit “will lead to a renewed submission of the reform acts of the Arab League”. However, he made no further information about the nature of these reforms.

He noted that “several international organizations such as the United Nations and regional organizations such as the African Union have been reformed internally, with the exception of the Arab League, which has remained unchanged since its inception”.

In March 2011, popular protests broke out in Syria calling for a peaceful handover of power to begin, but the Assad regime decided to suppress it militarily, which drove the country into a devastating civil war.

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