Jordan's King Abdullah: If I Were Syrian President, I Would Resign

Abdullah tells the BBC that Assad should respond to months-long protest against his regime and make sure his successor has the 'ability to change the status quo'.

Jordanian King Abdullah on Monday urged Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down on Monday in the wake of the months-long protest against his regime, the BBC reported.

"I believe, if I were in his shoes, I would step down," Abdullah told the BBC."I would step down and make sure whoever comes behind me has the ability to change the status-quo that we're seeing."

King Abdullah of Jordan

On Saturday, the Arab League suspended Syria and called on its army to stop killing civilians in a surprise move that turned up the head on Assad.

At a meeting in Cairo, the League said it will impose economic and political sanctions on Syria's government and has appealed to member states to withdraw their ambassadors. It will also call a meeting of Syrian opposition parties.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al Muallem discussed the League’s decision during a press conference in Damascus on Monday. According to al Muallem, the decision “crosses red lines, and runs contrary to the regulations of the Arab League.”

The foreign minister also said that despite the Arab League’s claims, Syria responded to the League’s initiative and released 500 political prisoners, and allowed 80 foreign journalists to enter the country.

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