The Arab League on Saturday suspended Syria until President Bashar al-Assad implements an Arab deal to end violence against protesters, and called for sanctions and transition talks with the opposition. A statement, read by Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassem Al-Thani, said the League decided "to suspend Syrian delegations' activities in Arab League meetings" if it continued to stall the Arab plan and to implement "economic and political sanctions against the Syrian government." It also called for the withdrawal of Arab ambassadors from Damascus, but left the decision to each Arab state. Sheikh Hamad said at a press conference the decision would take effect on November 16. The statement warned that Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi would contact international organisations concerned with human rights, "including the United Nations," if the bloodshed continued. It called for a meeting in Cairo with Syrian opposition groups in three days to "agree a unified vision for the coming transitional period in Syria ."