Damascus accuses Arab League of internationalizing Syria crisis

Damascus accuses Arab League of internationalizing Syria crisis

Syria has accused the Arab League (AL) of seeking to "internationalize" a deadly unrest which has plagued the country since mid-March, Press TV reported.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem made the statement on Saturday in a letter addressed to the Arab bloc, whose trade ministers convened in Egypt's capital, Cairo, on the same day to draft sanctions against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government, AFP reported.

The meeting comes days after Damascus refused to accept observers to oversee a deal to end months of violence in the country.

The pan Arab body has threatened Syria with sanctions that could include ending dealings with the Syrian central bank, freezing its financial transactions and assets as well as halting flights to the country.

Arab League is reportedly planning to ask the United Nations to contribute observers to an international mission the league is pressing Syria to admit.

"What we understand by this latest Arab League decision is a tacit green light for the internationalization of the situation in Syria and to meddle in its domestic affairs," Muallem said in his letter to the Arab group.

He said the call by the Arab League to UN chief Ban Ki-moon was an invitation "for foreign intervention (in Syria) instead of a call to avoid one."

The Syrian minister blamed the Arab League for its "paradoxical" position for proclaiming respect for Syrian sovereignty and rejecting foreign intervention while at the same time calling on the UN for foreign observers.

Muallem said it was "impossible that the team (of observers) carry out its mission without coordination with the Syrian side," and criticized the Arab League's failure to include Syria in its UN appeal.

He also said that the Arab League has failed to answer several communications Syria has sent to the group to ask for details of its decisions.

Muallem expressed confidence that "all Arab countries are against a foreign intervention into the affairs of Arab countries."

"We hope that the Arab League will make an announcement confirming that position," he added.

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