In November 2011, the Arab League suspended Syrian’s membership due to President Assad’s treatment of protesters. Now, it has offered the vacant seat to the Syrian National Coalition, which the Russian ministry has said would legalize weapons supplied to terrorists who are the only group standing up to Syria’s regular army. Iraq, Algeria, and Lebanon have all expressed reservations regarding this decision. Russia hopes there will still be talks between the Syrian government and opposition groups that will end the bloodshed that has already claimed over 70,000 lives.
Due to the ongoing violence in Cairo, officials of the Arab League are considering moving its offices to another Arab state capital city or elsewhere in Cairo. Demonstrations in Tahrir Square, Qasr al-Nil and Corniche al-Nil streets as well as continuing clashes Egyptian police and protesters led the Arab League to consider a move outside of Egypt. Relocating ministerial meetings or relocating Arab League headquaters to other Arab states, or building new headquarters in Cairo were the three possible solutions discussed by League officials. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia offered to pay $50 million to build the new offices within Cairo.
On Tuesday senior officials from the European Union and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) held a fourth meeting in Brussels regarding the intensification of economic
cooperation between the two regional blocs. The head of trade unit in the European Commission Istven Jakab told a Kuwait news agency that the EU considers the GCC important as its 10th export partner and that it wishes to help its integration process through the sharing of knowledge and expertise. As the meeting progresses, the two
blocs are also going to discuss the cooperation of their Central Banks as well as ways to overcome the economic crisis facing the EU. Adan Al Kandari, director of economic negotiations department and head of the Kuwait negotiating team, pointed out that GCC has concerns about the current economic problems in Europe because previously they were not much affected by the crisis due to different banking systems. The Joint Action Plan between EU and GCC will finish in 2013 but both blocs are trying to renew it until 2016.