Arab League foreign ministers are expected to back special envoy Kofi Annan’s plan to end the crisis in Syria, a day after President Bashar al-Assad’s government accepted the proposal.
The foreign ministers are meeting amid heavy security in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, where Arab leaders will hold a summit on Thursday. The Arab League suspended Syria’s membership last year after Assad’s government failed to end its violent crackdown.
Western diplomats and Syrian opposition figures greeted Syria’s acceptance of Annan’s cease-fire plan with skepticism, as fighting continued between government forces and rebels.
Opposition members accuse Assad of agreeing to the plan to stall for time as his troops make a renewed push to kill off areas of dissent.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Syria’s acceptance an “important initial step,” but said what matters now is action.