Arab League Set To Suspend Syria At Meeting - Nov. 16th
10:52am UK, Wednesday November 16, 2011 The Arab League is due to meet to suspend Syria from the organisation following months of violence in the country. Regional states are stepping up efforts to isolate President Bashar al Assad for refusing to end a crackdown on eight months of protests. The League will meet in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, to confirm the suspension four days after deciding on the move. The regional body is also set to impose economic sanctions on top of the measures already pushed through by the EU and the US. Syria, which is facing growing international pressure over the violence, is due to boycott the meeting. Demonstrators protesting against the Assad regime in Syria Meanwhile, Jordan's King Abdullah has become the first Arab leader to explicitly call for the president's resignation and the White House has also said he should go. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who had fostered close ties with Syria before this year's unrest, has warned Mr Assad that his government is on a "knife-edge". And Prince Turki al Faisal, the former chief of Saudi intelligence, said: "I think it is inevitable that he will have to step down in one form or another." The League is wary of the repercussions if Mr Assad falls, given Syria's key position at the faultlines of Middle East conflicts. Officials have been hesitant to criticise the leader directly or call for fundamental political change but still voted to suspend Syria's membership. They have also asked <b>...</b>
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