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Posted on 03/03/2012 2:11:24 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Diplomatic sources said that while the Arab League called for Mr. Assad's exit, there was hardly any consensus within the 22-nation grouping on how that result could be achieved. The call by Qatar, which was endorsed by Saudi Arabia to arm the Syrian opposition, which itself stood divided, had not been endorsed by the rest of the League...
With the divergences on how to resolve the Syrian crisis remaining unbridged, the Arab League and its components are set to hold a flurry of meetings. Their diplomatic activism includes an upcoming meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), whose core members, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been calling for more muscular approach to end the violence in Syria. The League is preparing for a vigorous engagement with the Russians and the Chinese, who have, citing the principle of sovereignty and apprehending a covert attempt at regime change, rejected external intervention to end bloodshed in Syria. Kofi Annan, the new U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria, is set to visit Cairo, next week to hold talks with the Arab League. It is likely that Nasser Al-Qudwa, the veteran Palestinian diplomat maybe appointed as Mr. Annan's deputy on Syria.
During their talks, both sides agreed to step up their economic ties -- a decision that would be reflected in the upcoming meeting in Abu Dhabi of the India Arab Investment Projects Conclave.
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India refuses government guarantee on Syria oil imports: sourcesIndia has refused to provide its sovereign guarantee for oil imports from Syria, two government sources said, frustrating refiners looking for alternative sources of crude to hedge against possible supply disruptions from sanctions-hit Iran. The oil ministry had hoped that the government would underwrite Syrian oil cargoes after Indian insurance firms failed to find re-insurers for shipments from the Middle East nation, which is also targeted by Western sanctions. New Delhi's stand on Syrian oil comes after it voted last month in favour of a UN resolution endorsing an Arab League plan calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down... Hindustan Petroleum Corp and explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corp, which has a stake in Syrian fields, wanted to import oil from Syria but insurance problems halted their plans. HPCL had even engaged the Shipping Corp of India to hire a vessel to import Syrian crude.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
The government is now weighing options, including extending sovereign guarantees for its shipping lines and buying Iranian oil on a delivered basis to ensure cargoes from July. Iran is India's second-largest crude oil supplier, meeting about 11 percent of the South Asian country's imports... India currently pays Iran for its imports through a bank in Turkey but that conduit is vulnerable to Western sanctions. India currently does not buy any crude oil from Syria.
That’s it for this afternoon. Wow, I’ve not blown a day like this in a while.
The Arab League won't be able to change the minds of the Russians and the Chinese about that.
Neither one has a problem invading sovereign neighbors, IOW, they’re completely full of feces.