Arab Summit to Offer Proposals to End Syria Crisis, Zebari Says

Arab heads of state will agree proposals to help resolve the crisis in Syria during their annual meeting in Baghdad this week, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said.

“The Syrian issue isn’t an Arab issue anymore, it has become a global issue,” he said in a press conference in Baghdad today. “The Arab summit will put forward some proposals to help end the Syrian crisis.”

The Arab League postponed its annual 2011 summit after the region was convulsed by a wave of popular protests that ousted longstanding leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen and sparked unrest in other countries, including Syria and Bahrain. Iraq previously hosted Arab League summits in 1978 and 1990.

The heads of state from as many as 12 member countries will attend the March 29 summit, Zebari said. While he didn’t list the attendees, he mentioned that Saudi Arabia will be represented by its ambassador to the Arab League. Syria is barred from the summit as a result of an Arab League decision, Zebari said.

Other topics due to be discussed are the Middle East peace process, terrorism, the Arab League’s internal restructuring and regional economic issues, he said.

Arab League foreign ministers are due to gather in the Iraqi capital a day before the summit, and economy ministers a day before that.

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