Arab League brings Syria back into its fold after 12 years

Foreign ministers from Arab League member states have agreed to reinstate Syria’s membership after its suspension more than 10 years ago, according to Iraqi state media. The ministers voted for Syria’s return into the fold at the Arab League’s headquarters in Cairo on Sunday. The decision was made in advance of the Arab League Summit in Saudi Arabia on May 19 and amid a flurry of regional normalisation of ties with Damascus in recent weeks. Syria’s Arab League membership was revoked after President Bashar al-Assad ordered a crackdown on protesters in March 2011 that spiralled the country into a civil war that has since killed nearly half a million people and displaced another 23 million. Al Jazeera's Ali Hashem takes a look at the regional shift towards Syria. Subscribe to our channel: Follow us on Twitter Find us on Facebook Check our website: Check out our Instagram page: #Syria #SyriaWar #BasharAl-Assad #ArabLeague #AlJazeeraEnglish
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