Cairo: The Arab foreign ministers agreed a raft of sanctions against Damascus in a meeting here on Sunday as President Bashar al-Assad’s embattled regime pressed ahead with a crackdown on dissent.

Fight for change: Protests in Cairo and other parts of the Arab world over the past week are attempts to decisively shape the politicalorders that will replace the dictatorships overthrown earlier this year, reports The New York Times. Photo: Amr Nabil/AP

The bloc’s members will also stop dealing with the Syrian Central Bank and suspend economic trade with the government, with the exception of foodstuffs, he said.

Iraq had abstained from the vote, and refused to implement it, while Lebanon “disassociated itself" from the decision, he said.