January 23, 2012
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s defiant rejection today of a new Arab League peace plan indicates he remains firmly entrenched and has no intention of negotiating an end to the violence or stepping down as president. Assad is being encouraged by Russian and Iranian efforts to help Syria evade U.S. and EU sanctions.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal at an Arab League foreign ministers meeting to discuss the situation in Syria on January 22, 2012. The Saudi Foreign Minister rejected an Arab League decision to extend its observer mission in Syria and said Saudi Arabia will withdraw its personnel from the mission because Syrian President Assad has broken his promises to the League. (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)