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Syria boycotts Arab League meeting
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altSyrian government has decided to boycott an Arab League meeting due to be held in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, a Syrian foreign ministry official says. 

"In light of statements by officials in Morocco, Syria has decided not to participate in the Arab meeting in Rabat," the official was quoted as saying by Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on Wednesday. 

The bloc is scheduled to meet on Wednesday four days after it decided to serve Damascus with a suspension notice, effective November 16, until the implementation of an earlier deal aimed at ending the U.S.-led allegations of violence in the country. 

The decision is widely believed to be controversial due to a major U.S. influence in the Arab body and since most of its members are U.S.-sponsored authoritarian regimes, quite notorious for massive human rights violations against their people. 

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem described the move as "illegitimate and dangerous." 

Meanwhile, Syria on Tuesday released 1,180 prisoners who were arrested during the past few months of unrest in the country. 

Syria has been the scene of what many observers believe to be foreign-manufactured political unrest since mid-March, with demonstrations being held both against and in support of President Bashar al-Assad. 

Damascus says the unrest has been largely orchestrated by elements that are well-paid and armed by foreign powers. Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed in the turmoil. 

The opposition says security forces are behind the violence, but the Syrian government insists armed thugs are the culprits. 

(Source: Press TV)

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