Arab Officials Arrive In Syria For Talks

world | Oct 26, 2011 | By RFE/RL 

Senior Arab officials are arriving in Syria in a push for reconciliation between President Bashar al-Assad's regime and the opposition.

A delegation of the foreign ministers of several Arab nations led by Qatar is set to meet with Syrian officials later on October 26.

The meeting follows a recent call by the Arab League for reconciliation amid claims by the group's Syrian representative, Youssef Ahmad, of a "conspiracy" against Assad.

The Arab League's call for reconciliation was condemned by Syrian opposition groups, who refuse to hold talks with the government unless Assad steps down from power and ends violence against protesters.

The United Nations says some 3,000 people have been killed in the regime's brutal crackdown on protests, which began shortly after the antiregime uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.

compiled from agency reports

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