Libya's permanent representative to the League of Arab States, Ambassador Abdul Muttalib Thabet, has participated in the emergency session of the meeting of Arab foreign ministers, which was held Sunday at the headquarters of the League's General Secretariat in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, to discuss the situation in Sudan, Palestine and Syria.
After the meeting, local media quoted sources close to Libya's permanent office to the League of Arab States that Libya voted in favor of a draft decision to resume the participation of Syrian government delegations in the meetings of the Arab League Council, as well as all organizations and agencies affiliated with it, as of the date of Sunday's session.
During his speech at the meeting of Arab foreign ministers, Libya's representative to the League of Arab States, Abdul Muttalib Thabet, welcomed the return of the Republic of Syria to its seat in the League after an 11-year absence.
The Council of the League of Arab States had decided, in its meeting in Cairo, to resume the participation of Syrian delegations in the meetings of the League Council, as well as all its affiliated organizations and agencies, as of the date of Sunday's session.
A statement issued by the League stressed “the interest to launch an Arab leadership role in efforts to solve ‘the Syrian crisis and its repercussions, including refugee crises, drug smuggling and the threat of terrorism.”
It is expected that Libya’s vote in favor of the draft resolution will provoke a lot of controversy in local circles, especially with the presence of strong voices rejecting this matter, given the record that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government possess in suppressing the Syrian revolution, of which Libya, after the February revolution, was one of its first supporters.