Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said (Friday) that Syria will soon be able to return to the Arab League, but there are many challenges awaiting it in resolving the conflict that has been going on for more than a decade in the country.
Al-Safadi said that Syria has enough votes among the 22 members of the League to regain its seat. He added, in statements to CNN, as reported by Reuters: “The return to the League of Arab States will take place. It would be symbolically important, but … this is just a very modest start to a process that will be very long, difficult and challenging given the complexities of the crisis after 12 years of conflict.”
A spokesman for the League of Arab States stated, (Thursday), that the Arab ministers will meet in Cairo, (Sunday); To discuss the situation in Syria amid a regional effort to normalize relations with Assad. A number of Arab countries have recently resumed contact with Syria through high-level visits and meetings, although some of them, including Qatar, still oppose full normalization without a political solution to the Syrian conflict.
In a meeting held in Amman, (Monday), Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad met for the first time with Arab ministers within the framework of a Jordanian initiative. To urge Damascus to negotiate a peace plan. The initiative formulates a road map to end the conflict that includes addressing the issues of refugees and missing detainees, drug trafficking and Iranian armed groups in Syria.
Safadi said Syria’s willingness to make real progress in resolving the conflict would help it win crucial Arab support to press for an eventual end to Western sanctions, which are a major obstacle to starting major reconstruction efforts. The League of Arab States suspended Syria’s membership in 2011 due to the campaign of violent conflict between the political authority and the opposition, which developed into a civil war.