Lavrov: Syria’s return to Arab League can help in peace process

Sergey Lavrov

Russia and the Arab League (AL) have agreed that Syria’s return to the league will help the organization contribute to a peaceful settlement in the war-torn country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

“Now, due to the absence of Syria in this structure, the Arab League is constrained in its ability to help move in this direction,” Lavrov said at a press conference.

On Tuesday, Lavrov participated in the fifth ministerial session of the Russian-Arab Cooperation Forum in Moscow.

Syria’s membership in the AL was suspended in November 2011 after the outbreak of armed conflict in the country.

According to Lavrov, the situation in Syria is more or less stable, although a number of problems are outstanding, including remaining terrorists in Idlib province.

Russia, Turkey, Iran and the UN special envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, are working on the formation of an intra-Syrian constitutional committee, which would initiate constitutional reform in the country.

Lavrov said that the committee should be established as soon as possible.