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The Point: Syria’s back to the Arab League after years. How did China contribute?

Syria is back in the Arab League. During a special meeting held in Cairo on May 7, foreign ministers from 13 Arab League member states agreed to reinstate Syria’s membership after a suspension of over ten years. This means that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will be able to sit with his counterparts at the upcoming Arab League summit after a decade-long absence. So far, reactions to the development have been mixed. While the UN expressed hopes that the return will help end the war in Syria, some regional countries are not yet on board with the about-turn. The reactions from major countries are also starkly different. What does getting back to the Arab League mean to both sides? Is this a part of a bigger trend of detente? What does it mean for the world at large?

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