Gulf states call for Arab League meeting on Syria

DUBAI Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:51pm EDT

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DUBAI (Reuters) - Gulf Arab states on Thursday called for an immediate meeting of Arab League states to discuss the "dire" situation in Syria, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) said in a statement.

They said the meeting be should held at foreign ministers' level and discuss the humanitarian situation in Syria, and study ways "to stop the bloodshed and machine of violence," they said.

The GCC is a loose political and economic alliance of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain.

(Reporting by Martina Fuchs; editing by Andrew Roche)

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