Aboul Gheit: Syria’s return to the Arab League was not raised in the Kuwait meeting
The Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, announced that the issue of Syria’s return to the League was not raised during the Arab consultative ministerial meeting in Kuwait.
In response to a question regarding the return of Syria’s seat in the League, Aboul Gheit replied – during a press conference after the ministerial meeting – that “this issue was not raised in today’s meeting at all. The discussion of the Syrian crisis comes within the framework of discussing other problems, whether Yemen, Libya or Syria.” According to the official Kuwait News Agency.
He added that the issue of the return of any country to participate in the League is preceded by consultations, ideas, a proposal for a draft resolution, and consideration of what is required from the Syrian side, and this has not yet been reached.
In November 2011, the League decided to freeze Syria’s membership against the backdrop of Bashar al-Assad’s regime resorting to the military option to quell a popular revolution against his rule that demanded the transfer of power.
Last November, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said that “Syria is supposed to be present (at the summit)…when we organize an Arab summit, we want it to be inclusive, and a start to reunite the torn Arab world.”
And since last July, steps have been accelerated by Arab countries to restore their relations with the Syrian regime, especially by Jordan, the UAE and Egypt, represented by mutual meetings, agreements and economic understandings.
With regard to the Arab summit, Aboul Gheit announced that Algeria had set a date for the Arab summit, but he did not announce it and did not reveal details about the summit, saying only that the Arab or Algerian media can explore the matter from Algeria.
On January 22, Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra said that what was circulated about the postponement of the summit – which is supposed to be held in March annually – is just a “fallacy”; Because the date has not yet been determined.