Sunday, November 13, 2011

Syria's Arab League Membership Suspended

Eighteen member states of the Arab League voted on Saturday to suspend Syria from its meetings and impose sanctions. It has also asked member states to withdraw their ambassadors.

Syria, Lebanon and Yemen voted against the move, and Iraq abstained.

The Syrian government has now asked the Arab League for emergency meetings, but calls the League a Zionist tool, and said the vote violated the League's charter, and accused it of serving a "Western and American agenda".

In response to the suspenion, both the Saudi and Qatari embassies in Syria were stormed by crowds.

The Arab League vote came after Syria failed to end a violent crackdown on opposition protesters.

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