Early on in the 2011 revolt against Assad’s authority, which was greeted with a brutal repression and swiftly descended into a civil war, Syria’s membership was suspended. The battle has resulted in the deaths of about 500,000 people and the emigration of half of the 23 million people who lived in the nation prior to the war.
In a televised address, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit stated that the decision, which would enable Assad to attend the group’s summit on May 19, is a step toward a peaceful end to the bloodshed. The Syrian issue is not over, he said, adding that this does not imply that it has. But it enables the Arab (states) to speak with the Syrian government for the first time in years to address all the issues. According to Axios, the US is among the move’s opponents.
This does not imply that all Arab nations have normalized ties with Damascus, according to Aboul Gheit. He said that “these are sovereign decisions for each state specifically.” According to Hussein Arnous, the prime minister of Syria, Syria has endured “misinformation and distortion campaigns launched by our enemies” for the last 12 years.
Assad’s detractors saw the shift toward normality as a betrayal. An international advocacy organization called the Syria Campaign’s Laila Kiki claimed the action “cruelly betrayed tens of thousands of victims of the regime’s war crimes and granted Assad a green light to continue committing horrific crimes with impunity.” The Arab League typically seeks unanimity, but sometimes chooses simple majorities. It was unclear which nations had complained during Sunday’s session since it took place behind closed doors.