The Guardian has cited diplomatic sources as saying that Gulf nations are considering re-admitting Syria into the Arab League in the immediate future.
The sources referred to an increasing consensus among the league's 22 members on the need for Syria to re-enter the organisation — something that Washington still opposes.
"At some point in the next year it is likely Assad will be welcomed on to a stage to once again take his place among the Arab world's leaders," the sources noted.
In this context, The Guardian specifically referred to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who became the first Arab League leader to travel to Syria in eight years, in a visit that was touted as a sign of friendship on behalf of Saudi Arabia, which continues to bolster its ties with Sudan.
On November 12, 2011, the Arab League suspended Syria from the body, also pledging to slap economic and political sanctions on Damascus, in response to what it called called the government's violent crackdown on apparent opposition protesters.