Islamic summit suspends Syria

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Islamic summit suspends Syria

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In a move reflecting the growing isolation of the Syrian regime, Muslim leaders have formally suspended the country from their Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

The conference cited the Syrian government’s violent suppression of the 17-month long uprising.

The move had been approved on Monday at a preliminary meeting of OIC foreign ministers.

The decision by the 57-member body is largely symbolic and will have little practical effect on the regime.

However with Iran, Syria’s long term ally, highly critical of the suspension and accusing Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey of arming the Syrian rebels, the summit has reflected the deep divisions within the organisation.