Arab mediators head to Damascus amid strike call
October 26, 2011
An Arab delegation led by Qatar was headed for Damascus on Wednesday for mediation between the Syrian government and its opponents, even as activists rejected dialogue and called for a general strike. At an urgent session in Cairo on October 16, the Arab League called for “national dialogue” between Syria’s government and the opposition there.
“We will begin our meeting with Syrian officials in Damascus at around 3:00 pm local time to inform them of the initiative, agreed upon by 21 foreign ministers,” said Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi. The Syrian opposition meanwhile called for a general strike across the country in protest against the regime’s brutal crackdown on protest.