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Arab League decides against Syria suspension

Syria has escaped suspension from the Arab League at an emergency meeting convened to discuss the crisis at its headquarters in Cairo.

Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani said that the League had decided to work towards national dialogue between the opposing sides.

The dialogue, if accepted by both sides, would be held under the auspices of the Arab League and based on the 7-point plan proposed at a League meeting last month.

However, both, the Syrian regime and the opposition are said to be unhappy at the proposals.

Damascus had already rejected a similar proposal put forward in September by Arab League Secretary General Nabil el-Arabi.

The Syrian opposition has said that only a change in regime will bring a solution to the crisis and that the time for dialogue has passed.

The government’s crackdown on anti-regime protesters is thought to have claimed over 3,000 lives in the past six months.