Arab League postpones Syria meeting


A meeting of Arab League foreign ministers due to take place today to discuss the crisis in Syria and select a replacement for United Nations-Arab League envoy Kofi Anan has been postponed.

Deputy Arab League chief Ahmed Ben Helli said the meeting was delayed because of the minor operation undergone by Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal.
The royal court said yesterday that he had undergone a successful operation to relieve an intestinal obstruction.
Saudi Arabia and fellow Gulf Arab state Qatar have been at the forefront of efforts to isolate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has used tanks and troops to try to quash a rebellion. Both states are believed to be arming Syrian rebels.
Ben Helli said the Arab ministers, who had been due to meet in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, would set a new date.
The Arab ministers meeting was to have been held before Muslim leaders meet in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for an Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit.