Arab League finance ministers recommended Saturday that economic sanctions be levied against the Syrian government for its part in a bloody, months-long crackdown on civilian demonstrators, a senior Arab League official told CNN.
Foreign ministers from the regional alliance will meet at 11 a.m. Sunday in Cairo (4 a.m. ET) to consider whether to adopt the proposal.
Damascus had failed to respond to a Friday deadline for it to allow Arab League observers into the Middle Eastern country to monitor the government's response to civil unrest.
"The Syrians responded with more requests to amendments to the protocol; they did not reject or accept," a senior Arab League diplomat said.
The slate of sanctions proposed Saturday in Cairo - which were opposed by Algeria and Iraq - include barring any private or commercial airlines from the league's 22 member states from flying into or out of Syria.
In addition, all assets belonging to the Syrian government and its officials would be frozen so they couldn't be accessed, and Syrian officials would not be allowed to visit Arab League countries.FULL STORY