Syria voices reservations on Arab League meeting
Syria on Monday expressed reservations regarding the Arab League's meeting in Cairo at the weekend and said it is "capable of running its own affairs," Syrian television reported.
Arab League foreign ministers met in an urgent session on Sunday, and urged "national dialogue" between Syria's government and the opposition in the Egyptian capital within 15 days, dpa reported.
Syria has voiced its reservation on the Arab League's statement including its wording and particularly naming Qatar's Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani as head of a ministerial committee that will work with the Syrian government to end "violence and infighting."
The committee, to be composed of the foreign ministers of Algeria, Egypt, Oman and Sudan, as well as the head of the Arab League Nabil al-Arabi, said it will contact the Syrian and opposition factions to meet in the Arab League for a "comprehensive national dialogue" conference in 15 days.
The State-run SANA news agency quoted Syria's permanent envoy to the Arab League, Ambassador Youssef Ahmed, as saying that Syria has reservations "over the resolution's inclusion of an invitation to holding comprehensive dialogue at the Arab League headquarters."
He said that "Syria is an independent and sovereign country led by a legitimate authority capable of running the country's affairs."
"Any dialogue can only be held in Syria with the participation of all social groups regardless of their affiliation with the presence of the Arab League according to comprehensive guarantees and mechanism that are agreed upon," Youssef was quoted as saying.