- King Abdullah of Jordan urges Bassad to step down; Source: World Economic Forum (Flickr)
Meanwhile, King Abdullah of Jordan has become the first Arab leader calling upon Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down and make way for a political change and an end to the violent conflict. Syria has already been suspended from the Arab League and further sanctions were imposed on Syria by the European Union on Monday.
According to human rights organisations and most members of the Arab League, Syria has failed to comply with a peace plan foreseeing the withdrawal of all troops from urban areas and the release of all political prisoners. Around 240 people have been killed since Syria agreed to the peace plan on 2 November.
The United Nations estimates the number of causalities at least 3,500 since the beginning of the unrest in March.