Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said on Monday February 11th that no consensus has been reached regarding the resumption of Syria’s suspended membership. Aboul Gheit’s remarks came after concluding talks with Lebanese President Michel Aoun in the capital Beirut.
“I came to Lebanon to express the Arab League's congratulations to President Aoun regarding the formation of the Lebanese government,” he said, as reported by the Turkish Anadolu Agency.
When asked about Syria's return to the Arab League, Aboul Gheit said: “There are no indications that the situation is ripe for Syria while discussions about its return are done in the hallways. There must be consensus on its return. The issue of Syria’s return to the Arab League is linked to political consensus.”
“I follow this issue very closely, but I have not yet observed conclusions that lead to the consensus that we are talking about,” Aboul Gheit told reporters. He added that this consensus was needed as a precursor to “a meeting of foreign ministers in which they announce the end of differences and call on Syria to return to the League”.
The 22-member league froze Syria's membership in 2011 after the Bashar al-Assad regime greeted unarmed demonstrators with unexpected ferocity. Syria's return to the Arab fold has recently become one of the most hotly-debated issues among Arab League members.