BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Assistant Secretary-General of the Arab League, Hossam Zaki, said on Monday that there has been no consensus on lifting Syria’s suspension, despite some recent reports from regional publications.
According to Saudi-based Asharq Al-Awsat, Zaki told reports on the sidelines of the Arab League’s headquarters in Cairo that there have been no indicators that the organization has changed their stance on Syria’s membership.
“There must be consensus among member states in order to end Damascus’ suspension,” he said.
Zaki did confirm that the issue was been discussed among member states, but they have yet to reach any consensus.
Syria was suspended from the Arab League in 2011 after 18 out of the 22 states voted in support of the suspension.
The only states to oppose the suspension were Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen; Iraq would abstain from the vote.
Talks of restoring Syria’s membership have recently resurfaced after Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir traveled to Damascus to meet with his Syrian counterpart Bashar Al-Assad.
Al-Bashir was the first Arab president to visit Syria since the organization suspended the country’s membership.