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Syria not interested in returning to Arab League

A picture taken on December 24, 2015, shows a general view of the Arab League foreign ministers attending an emergency meeting in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. (AFP photo)

Syria says it is not interested in returning to the Arab League as long as the group is dominated by some regimes that conspire against Damascus and the Arab world.

A source within the Syrian Foreign Ministry said on Friday that Syria “is not even thinking” about returning to the Arab League as long as the pan-Arab group is dominated by “countries known for having conspired against Syria,” and those responsible for division in the Arab world.

The source said Damascus has not made any request to rejoin the Arab League. Syria holds the group responsible for the chaos in Libya, the source said, over its role in the military intervention in the Arab country.

The Arab League should also be held accountable for aggravating the crisis in Syria and hindering efforts to resolve it, the source added.

The statement comes in response to recent remarks made by the secretary general of the Arab League where he set preconditions for Syria's return.

Ahmed Aboul Gheit said on Thursday that Syria's membership in the Arab League can only resume after an agreement between the government and opposition.

"To return the place, an agreement should be achieved in Syria between the government and opposition," the Arab League chief said in a speech during his visit to Sudan’s capital of Khartoum.

Syria's membership in the Arab League was suspended in 2011 after the onset of the foreign-backed Takfiri militancy.

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