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Arab League chief issues support for Syria weapons plan

The head of the Arab League has expressed support for Russia's proposal to put Syria's chemical weapons under international control.

Nabil Elaraby told reporters that the Arab League has always been in favour of a "political resolution," adding, "Thank God."

The Arab League has blamed the Syrian government for the alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August, however it did not support military action without UN consent.

Kerry: Arab League agree Assad crossed 'global red line'

US Secretary of State claims to have gathered the support of "a number" of Arab League nations for a "strong international response" following talks in Paris yesterday.

Speaking ahead of his London summit with Foreign Secretary William Hague, Mr Kerry said a "global red line" had been crossed.

US Secretary of State John Kerry with Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby. Credit: Reuters

"All of us agreed, with not one dissenter, that Assad's deplorable use of chemical weapons, which we know killed hundreds of innocent people, including at least 426 children, on this occasion, this one occasion, crosses an international, a global red line.

"What the United States is seeking - not alone but with others, an increasing number - is to enforce the standard with respect to the use of chemical weapons."


Arab League invites Syrian opposition to meeting

The Arab League has asked Syria's main opposition bloc to choose a representative to attend its meeting in Doha later this month, according to a draft document seen by Reuters.

The influential group comprising representatives from 22 Arab countries has been discussing whether to offer Syria's seat to an opposition figure instead of President Bashar al-Assad's government.

Damascus was suspended from the Cairo-based League in November 2011, eight months into the civil war.

Some members of the Arab League are thought to have opposed offering the vacated seat to the Syrian National Coalition.


Kofi Annan to meet Syrian President Assad later today

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrives in Cairo ahead of his visit to Syria Credit: Reuters

Arab League Syria envoy Kofi Annan will meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later today during a peace mission to the country where pro-democracy protests have deteriorated into bloody turmoil.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also revealed that Annan plans to meet with the Syrian opposition as well before leaving the country tomorrow.