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Pressure grows on Syria to stop violence

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Pressure grows on Syria to stop violence


Twenty-four hours after Ankara’s diplomatic missions were attacked in Syria, Turkey’s foreign minister has responded by meeting with opposition representatives of the Syrian National Council.

Despite previously cultivating ties with the Assad regime Ankara strongly condemns Syria’s repression of peaceful protests.

Syria’s relations with other allies also worsened over the weekend with the Arab League’s decision to suspend it.

But the Arab League is not backing down. Its Secretary-General said the League stuck by its demands calling on Syria to end the violence, to end the fighting, to release prisoners and instigate real political reforms.

In response the Syrian authorities organised mass demonstrations to show support for the Assad government. The regime has called for an emergency Arab summit in an effort to prevent its suspension, however the Arab League says it is now considering sanctions.

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