Cairo: The head of the Arab League has said the Syrian government of President Bashar Al Assad cannot last for long, saying its days were numbered in an interview published in the pan-Arab newspaper Al Hayat on Tuesday.

Speaking after an Arab League meeting which called on Al Assad to step down, Secretary General Nabeel Al Arabi also said the time for talking about political reform was over. “There is now no talk about political reform, but a transfer of power,” he said.

Arab League ministers who convened in Doha on Sunday called on Al Assad to relinquish power, adding that the Arab League would help to provide a safe exit for him and his family.

Asked how long the Al Assad administration could survive, Al Arabi told Al Hayat: “I cannot define a period, but the regime cannot continue for a long time.”