Conflict & Justice

Syria Rejects Arab League Plan


At a news conference in Cairo, Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani read out a statement laying out an ambitious plan of political reform to restore "stability and security." (Photo: BBC)

Syria has rejected an Arab League call for President Bashar al-Assad to hand over power to his deputy.

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The league, meeting in Cairo, urged Syria to form a national unity government with the opposition within two months.

A government official called the plan "flagrant interference" in Syria's internal affairs, state TV said.

Lisa Mullins talks with Financial Times correspondent Borzou Daragahi in Cairo.

Below are several updates on this story.