Australia welcomes Arab League's action on Syria

Media release

Dubai

14 November 2011

The Australian Government welcomes the Arab League's decision to suspend Syria's participation in the League until the Syrian Government takes steps to halt violence and engage in a process of political change.

"Australia supports the Arab League's efforts to end the bloodshed in Syria," Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said.

"The Arab League has a critical role to play in intensifying pressure on Damascus to stop its brutality and in finding a peaceful and durable solution to this ongoing crisis. As the Libya transition showed, the Arab League as the premier regional institution has a vital role and responsibility.

"We again call on Bashar al-Assad to step down immediately. This regime has lost all credibility and it's time for genuine political reform to begin."

The Australian Government also strongly condemns the 12 November attacks on the Saudi and Qatari embassies in Damascus, and the French and Turkish consulates in Latakia. The attacks followed the Arab League's decision to suspend Syria.

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