December 18, 2011 / 2:53 PM / 7 years ago

Qatar "has information Syria will sign peace deal": TV

Syrian citizens take part in a rally in support of President Bashar al-Assad in front of the Syrian embassy in Minsk December 17, 2011. About 20 people took part in the rally as a counteract against a protest in solidarity with Syria's anti-government protesters. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

DUBAI (Reuters) - Qatar has information that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will sign an Arab peace plan aimed at ending his crackdown on anti-government protests, al-Arabiya television reported on Sunday.

Arabiya said Qatar’s foreign minister, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani had said he had information Assad would sign the plan, but gave no further details. Sheikh Hamad heads an Arab ministerial committee on Syria.

Assad has repeatedly stalled over the plan, which calls for an end to bloodshed, the release of prisoners, the withdrawal of troops from cities, a start to talks with the opposition and Arab monitors on the ground.

Reporting by Sami Aboudi

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