Syria not to attend Annapolis conference
Syria is planning not to attend the US-sponsored Middle East peace summit scheduled to take place in Annapolis next week. The Arabic-language Al-Hayat daily reported on Thursday that the Syrian leadership has decided to snub the upcoming peace conference on Tuesday.
"Syria has decided not to attend the Annapolis conference next week, because the issue of the occupied Golan Heights is not mentioned on the agenda of the meeting," the London-based publication added.
Syria was said to be awaiting the outcome of a meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo on Thursday, before officially announcing its decision.
Syria received an official invitation to the summit on Wednesday. Charge d'Affaires Michael Corbin, the highest ranking US diplomat stationed in Damascus, delivered the invitation letter to the foreign ministry's chief of protocol.