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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Syria faces international isolation as Arab world turns against Assad's regime!

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By Adrian Blomfield, Middle East Correspondent, telegraph.co.uk / 7:07PM BST 08 Aug 2011.


Syria is facing near total isolation in the Arab world after a series of countries withdrew their ambassadors in protest at the regime's killing of civilian demonstrators.

In what could yet prove to be the turning point of the crisis, opinion in the Arab world swung firmly against Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, for the first time since the uprising began in mid-March.

After months of silence, King Abdullah, the Saudi monarch and the region's most powerful potentate, set the tone by issuing a statement denouncing Syria's suppression of the protests seeking Mr Assad's overthrow as "unacceptable".

"Syria should think wisely before it is too late and issue and enact reforms that are not merely promises but actual reforms," he said. "The future of Syria lies between two options: either Syria chooses willingly to resort to reason, or faces being swept into deep chaos, God forbid."

Saudi Arabia announced it was recalling its envoy to Damascus "for consultations" and its two closest allies, Bahrain and Kuwait, swiftly followed suit.

"No-one can accept the bloodshed in Syria," Sheikh Muhammad al-Sabah, Kuwait's foreign minister said. "The military option must be halted.

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