US seeks 'forceful' Arab League message on Syria

WASHINGTON - The United States hopes the Arab League will use its next meeting on Wednesday to send a forceful message to Syrian President Bashar Assad to halt violence against his own people, the State Department said.
State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Washington was pleased with the Arab League's move on Saturday to suspend Syria, and hoped for more follow-up when Arab foreign ministers meet in Morocco on Wednesday.
"We look for the Arab League tomorrow to again send a forceful message to Assad that he needs to allow for a democratic transition to take place and end the violence against his own people," Toner told a news briefing on Tuesday.
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