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Wael Merza, Syrian National Council secretary general, told Al Jazeera that the outcome of Saturday’s Arab League meeting marked “a historic day for Syria as a country, the Syrian revolution and the Arab League where the Arab people as a whole heard the voices of the Syrian people who have been calling for such measures in the past months”.

“They have been calling for freedom and they wanted the Arab League to be the first to acknowledge their calls and that is what is happening today,” he said.

Merza also said that the Arab League’s decision is not likely to ease tensions on the ground.

“Unfortunately, knowing the nature of the regime, we know the violence will be even more harsh in the coming few days,” he said.

“But this move isolates the regime to a great extent – economically, diplomatically and politically.”

The Arab League after it voted Saturday to suspend Syria and warned that the country could face sanctions if it did not end its crackdown against anti-government protesters.

18 of the Arab nations supported the move, while Lebanon, Syria and Yemen objected and Iraq abstained from voting.

Lebanese cabinet is dominated by Hezbollah , a close ally of Iran and Syria.

March 14 MP Marwan Hamadeh on Saturday called on the Lebanese cabinet to “immediately” resign over the vote, he slammed the Lebanese delegation’s “shameful” position at the Arab League’s meeting in Cairo and criticized President Michel Suleiman, the parliament and the cabinet ministers for embracing such a “shameful position ” .

Al Jazeera

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