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Opposition has seat at Arab summit

Khaled Saleh, a spokesman for the Syrian National Coalition, speaks at the Arab League Summit in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday. (Associated Press)
Khaled Saleh, a spokesman for the Syrian National Coalition, speaks at the Arab League Summit in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday. (Associated Press)

Syria’s opposition took over the country’s seat for the first time at an Arab summit Tuesday in a diplomatic triumph marred by severe divisions in the ranks of the Western-backed opposition alliance.

The opposition’s ascension to representing the country at the summit in Qatar, a key backer of those fighting to topple President Bashar Assad, demonstrated the extent of the regime’s isolation two years into a ferocious civil war that the U.N. says has killed an estimated 70,000 people.

In Damascus, the government on Tuesday blasted the Arab League’s decision, portraying it as a selling-out of Arab identity to please Israel and the United States.

Associated Press



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