March 27, 2013 in Nation/World

Opposition has seat at Arab summit

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

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