SAC Calls on Arab League to Suspend Syria’s Membership and to Raise Pressure - New Poll Shows Overwhelming Support in Arab World for Syrian People’s Revolution

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The Syrian American Council (SAC) today called on the Arab League to suspend Syria’s membership in that organization while Assad remains and to raise pressure on the regime – particularly in light of a new poll showing overwhelming support in the Arab world for the Syrian people’s revolution to overthrow dictator Bashar Assad.

...the Syrian government of Bashar Al Assad has become isolated and is looked on with near universal disfavor...

The Syrian American Council (SAC) today called on the Arab League to suspend Syria’s membership in that organization while Assad remains and to raise pressure on the regime – particularly in light of a new poll showing overwhelming support in the Arab world for the Syrian people’s revolution to overthrow dictator Bashar Assad.

The poll, conducted by the Arab American Institute, surveyed Arabs in six countries: Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. In addition to expressing nearly unanimous support for the Syrian demonstrators, between 85% and 95% of those polled agreed that Assad can no longer govern the country.

Read: Arab Attitudes toward Syria: 2011

AAI President James Zogby concluded that what emerges in “stark relief from the results of this poll is the degree to which the Syrian government of Bashar Al Assad has become isolated and is looked on with near universal disfavor across the entire world.”

Read more: Poll: Syria’s Assad losing support in Arab world

Despite the Arab world’s overwhelming opposition to Assad’s government, the Arab League has not taken definitive action to date. After seven months of the Assad regime’s brutal crackdown, the Arab League met in Cairo last week but declined to suspend Syria’s membership, instead announcing plans to organize a dialogue between Syria's government and the opposition within 15 days.
Today, a ministerial committee, formed at the Cairo meeting and led by Qatar’s prime minister, met with Assad in an effort to seek an end to military operations, release detainees, and start a dialogue with the opposition. The delegation plans to meet with Assad again on Sunday.

Read: Arab mediators meet Assad over Syria unrest
“The world is waiting for the Arab League to take action. The delegation that is meeting with Assad must actively pressure the Syrian dictator to end his ruthless crackdown on protestors immediately,” said SAC President Dr. Talal Sunbulli. “While the international community deliberates, thousands of Syrians continue to suffer every day at the hands of the regime. We hope that the Arab public’s consensus will soon translate into stronger international efforts to expel both Assad and his regime.”

The Syrian American Council (SAC) was founded in 2005 to mobilize Syrian Americans to strengthen civil society in Syria, to promote friendly relations between the Syrian and American peoples, to engage civic and governmental organizations to advance civil liberties, human dignity and democracy in Syria. The organization has represented Syrian Americans to the U.S. State Department, Congress, and in international meetings and councils.

Contact: SAC PR Chair Hussam Ayloush, hayloush(at)sacouncil(dot)com, (951) 444-8344;
or SAC Board Member Khalid Saleh, ksaleh(at)sacouncil(dot)com, (832) 423-0607.

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