UAE reopens Syria embassy after seven-year absence

31 December, 2018, 11:12 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Druze residents of the Golan Heights hold Syrian national flags and portraits of President Bashar al Assad during a rally in the Druze village of Majdal Shams

Bahrain announced on Friday it will resume operations at its embassy in Syria seven years after it shuttered its diplomatic mission in Damascus in the early days of the civil war, in the latest step by a Gulf Arab state to improve its relations with Syria.

"An Arab role in Syria has become even more necessary to face the regional expansionism of Iran and Turkey", UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Twitter.

In a note the leaders of the Emirates underline that the decision intends to normalize relations with Damascus and avert the risk of regional interference [with reference to Iran] in the "business of Syria and the Arab world".

In another potential boost to Assad, Trump also last week chose to withdraw US forces that are deployed in areas of northern and eastern Syria in support of Kurdish-led militia.

Syria's membership of the Arab League was suspended seven years ago.

Sources told The Guardian that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - who will join Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman and Egypt's Abdel Fatah al-Sisi - may soon return to his seat as one of several controversial autocrats leading the Arab world.

"Syria is a major Arab country in the region, we did not cut ties and it did not do so".

The move provides a major boost to Assad, whose forces have won a series of military victories in recent years with the help of Russian Federation and Iran.

All three countries were also involved in CIA-led logistics hubs that trained and equipped opposition fighters.

In fact United States president Donald Trump even claimed that the neighbouring country of Saudi Arabia has also agreed to spend the money needed to help rebuild Syria.

Egyptian state-run media have called for Syria to be reinstated.

The same day, Trump called the $230 million in proposed USA aid "ridiculous".

A United Nations agency says the conflict has cost Syria $388 billion in lost economic output and damage to infrastructure and homes.

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