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Lebanon calls for Syrian reinstatement at Arab League

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Lebanon’s foreign minister Adnan Mansour called on Wednesday for Syria’s suspension from the Arab League to be reversed in order to help find a political solution to the country’s civil war.

Damascus was suspended from membership of the Cairo-based League in November 2011, eight months into what began as a popular uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

“I call for Syria’s membership of the Arab League to be unblocked,” Mansour told a League ministerial meeting.” Communication with Syria ... is essential for a political solution.”

In November 2011, the League said the suspension will remain in place until Assad implements an Arab deal to end violence against protesters.

Syria’s representative to the Arab League had said the decision to suspend Damascus violated the organization’s charter and showed it was “serving a Western and American agenda.”

Youssef Ahmed told Syrian state television that the move to suspend Syria, which was opposed by two delegates at the Arab League ministerial meeting in Cairo, could only be taken by consensus at a summit meeting of Arab leaders.