August 14th, 2012
02:11 AM ET

Regional group votes to suspend Syria; rebels claim downing of jet

Foreign ministers of Islamic countries have agreed to suspend Syria from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a non-binding vote that sets the stage for the group's two-day emergency summit in Saudi Arabia.

Syria is one of the main items on the agenda of the Mecca meeting, which opens Tuesday. The ministers met in Jeddah ahead of the summit.

"There is an agreement to support the Syrian people and standing by their side, we are agreeing on freezing the membership of Syria until it retains its balance," Tunisian Foreign Minister Rafiq Abdul Salam said, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.

The heads of state must approve the suspension before it can take effect.


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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Rascal Rabble

    really? whatta joke...!

    August 14, 2012 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. mike from bflo, ny

    Ive never seen this happen, hopefully itll settle in better than the un sanctions :p btw im @foul relish

    August 14, 2012 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Ah, but will it do any good?
    We've been to this rodeo before...

    August 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hope

    You mean they can't be a member of
    The Mickey Mouse Club?

    August 14, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tristan

    No, they can't Hope.

    August 15, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |