Arab League indefinitely postpones planned FM meet

By Salah Gomaa, Thursday, May 08, 2014

The Arab League on Thursday indefinitely postponed an extraordinary meeting of Arab foreign ministers to discuss the Syria crisis, which had been slated to be held this week in Riyadh

The Arab League on Thursday indefinitely postponed an extraordinary meeting of Arab foreign ministers to discuss the Syria crisis, which had been slated to be held this week in Riyadh

CAIRO – The Arab League on Thursday indefinitely postponed an extraordinary meeting of Arab foreign ministers to discuss the Syria crisis, which had been slated to be held this week in Riyadh.

"The meeting was postponed at Riyadh's request," league deputy chief Ahmed Bin Hilli told reporters in Cairo, where the league is based, without giving Riyadh's reasons for delaying the meeting.

Saudi Arabia had initially requested an extraordinary foreign ministers' meeting on Monday, May 12, to discuss the situation in Syria, an Arab diplomatic source had told Anadolu Agency earlier.

The meeting is meant to tackle the latest developments in Syria, which has remained in the throes of conflict since early 2011, when a peaceful uprising against President Bashar al-Assad escalated into a full-fledged civil war.

According to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 150,000 people have been killed since the conflict began more than three years ago.

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