Syria’s membership in the Arab League was reinstated on Sunday after a 12-year ban.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry stated at a press conference in Cairo that Arab League foreign ministers decided to resume the participation of Syrian government delegations in League meetings.
The decision was made following a meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo.
Syria has been readmitted to the Arab League, according to Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit.
During the same press conference, Aboul Gheit stated that Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Iraq had formed a follow-up group to work on resolving the Syrian problem.
“The establishment of normal relations between Syria and Arab countries is a sovereign decision for each country,” he went on to say.
According to previous reports, Arab foreign ministers gave Syria’s return to the Arab League conditional permission.
Syria’s return to the Arab League, according to the Saudi Al Majalla magazine, was contingent on the Syrian regime taking concrete efforts toward settling the Syrian issue.
Syria’s membership will be reinstated ahead of the annual Arab summit in Saudi Arabia on May 19.
Syria was expelled from the 22-nation organization in 2011 due to the regime’s harsh crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, which triggered a civil war.
In recent months, however, the Syrian regime has begun to exchange official visits and contacts with a number of Arab countries.