US President Barack Obama Saturday applauded a decision by the Arab League to temporarily suspend Syria for its government's failure to end months of violence against pro-democracy protesters that have left about 3,500 people dead, dpa reported.
"These significant steps expose the increasing diplomatic isolation of a regime that has systematically violated human rights and repressed peaceful protests," read a White House statement.
"The United States joins with the Arab League in its support for the Syrian people, who continue to demand their universal rights in the face of the regime's callous violence."
Pro-democracy protests began in Syria in mid-March. They have often been met with violence.
The situation has deteriorated even more in recent months as some Syrian troops have refused orders to attack demonstrators, leading to fighting between the army and the deserters, according to opposition.
On November 6, the Arab League accused Syria of failing to observe its commitments under an Arab plan to end the unrest in the country.
The organization's Saturday decision suspends Syria's membership until it implements the peace deal and threatens unspecified economic and diplomatic sanctions.
"We will continue to work with our friends and allies to pressure al-Assad regime and support the Syrian people as they pursue the dignity and transition to democracy that they deserve," read the Obama statement.