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Saudi Arabia calls for action on Syria

Saudi Arabia calls for action on Syria

SSaud al-Faisalaudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal called on the International Community on Tuesday to take “decisive and serious” position against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“The rejection of the Syrian regime of all serious and earnest Arab efforts …. requires a decisive and serious standby the international community to stop the humanitarian tragedy of the Syrian people,” Prince al-Faisal said, according to the state news agency SPA.
Meanwhile, the Arab League blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for a chemical weapons attack outside Damascus, urging the 15-member U.N. Security Council to act.Western powers told the Syrian opposition to expect a strike against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces within days, according to sources who attended a meeting between envoys and the Syrian National Coalition in Istanbul.“The opposition was told in clear terms that action to deter further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime could come as early as in the next few days, and that they should still prepare for peace talks at Geneva,” one of the sources who was at the meeting on Monday told Reuters.The meeting at a hotel in downtown Istanbul was between senior figures of the Syrian National Coalition, including its president Ahmad Jarba, and envoys from 11 core “Friends of Syria” alliance members, that included U.S. envoy Robert Ford, the top U.S. official handling the Syria file, the sources said.Facing Russian and Chinese disapproval that could dampen prospects for proposed peace talks in Geneva, Assad’s foes have vowed to punish a poison gas attack in some rebel-held districts of Damascus on Aug. 21 that killed hundreds.U.N. experts trying to establish what exactly happened in the attack were finally able to cross the front line on Monday to see survivors – despite being shot at in government-held territory. But they put off a second visit until Wednesday.

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