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Arab states meet for summit that will likely showcase their marginal role in Syria crisis

LONDON - The summit of leaders of Arab countries which takes place on Sunday (April 15) in Saudi Arabia could not be more timely, coming just one day after the US-led air strikes on Syria.

For the leaders of the Arab League, as the organisation which holds the summit is formally known, are given a perfect opportunity to showcase their unity, and take a fresh look at how they may bring about the conclusion of the seven-year Syrian war, which has already cost the lives of around half a million people, as well as displacing millions more.

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