Syria returns to Arab League – level 3
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad attended a summit of the Arab League in Saudi Arabia, a meeting that marked his return to the bloc after being expelled 12 years ago due to his suppression of pro-democracy protests.
Assad expressed hope for a new era of peace and cooperation in the region, despite criticism of his rule and the ongoing conflict in Syria. His return without preconditions regarding the treatment of displaced Syrians is a turning point in the Middle East. While some Arab states disapprove of Assad’s rehabilitation, Saudi Arabia has stopped funding and supplying weapons to the Syrian opposition.
The summit aims to address conflicts in Sudan and Yemen, with hopes for peace in Yemen following a recent Saudi-Iranian agreement. The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, also attended the summit to discuss his peace plan for Ukraine with Arab states.
Difficult words: suppression (preventing something from happening or being expressed), precondition (a condition that must be fulfilled before other things can happen or be done), rehabilitation (restoring someone or something bad to a good condition).
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