An Arab League committee, set up to settle the unrest in Syria, met Friday in Cairo with a delegation from the newly formed opposition Syrian National Council, ahead of crisis talks, dpa reported.
The committee, headed by Qatar, was to listen to the view of the delegation on the situation in Syria, sources in the organization said.
The Syrian National Council, a coalition of opposition groups, is pushing the Arab League to suspend Syria for a clampdown on protests, in which more than 3,500 people have been killed since March, according to the United Nations.
The committee, comprising the foreign ministers from Algeria, Egypt, Oman and Sudan, is to meet Saturday in Cairo to discuss the situation in Syria.
At least 21 people were killed Friday by Syrian security forces in anti-government protests, according to opposition activists.