On Wednesday, Algerian Ambassador in Damascus Saleh Bosha called for the return of Syria to the Arab League.
He made this statement during a reception held by the Algerian Embassy marking the 63rd anniversary of the outbreak of the Algerian Revolution of 1st November, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA)
“Algeria rejected freezing Syria’s membership at the Arab League and it has called for activating bilateral cooperation,” Bosha said, according to SANA.
The Algerian Ambassador also revealed that that over the past few months, officials from the both countries have exchanged visits. Bosha also stressed that Algeria is supporting Syria against terrorism and supporting the “exerted efforts to allow Syria to play its regional and international role”.
Presidential Political and Media Adviser Bouthaina Shaaban who attended the reception thanked Algeria for its support. However, Shaaban said that Syria is not willing to return to the Arab League, and accused it for “conspiring” against Syria.
“Syria has its own vision regarding the Arab League, and the league we want to return to is not this league which conspires against Arab countries.” Said Shaaban.
Back on 12 November 2011, the Arab League suspended the membership of Syria after accusing the Syrian government of being responsible for the violense in the country. The Arab League also imposed economic and political sanctions on Syria, and appealed to its member states to withdraw their ambassadors from Damascus.
The Arab League resolution was considered illegal, according to its own internal rules, because several members voted against it. However, most of the Arab countries obeyed the resolution and withdrew their ambassadors from Damascus.
After 6 years of this resolution, many Arab countries including major regional players like Egypt, Iraq and Algeria are again working with the Syrian government. The recent development allows to suggest that more powers may re-establish connections with the Syrian government in the near future.