Published: Mon, December 31, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

United Arab Emirates re-opens Syrian embassy, boost for Syrian president

United Arab Emirates re-opens Syrian embassy, boost for Syrian president

Construction has been going for weeks at the UAE embassy, culminating in a special reopening ceremony Thursday that leaders said "reaffirms the keenness of the UAE to restore relations between the two friendly countries to their normal course".

In private statements to Al Arabiya, Gargash stressed that everyone is convinced that there is a political path to resolve the Syrian crisis.

A few hours after the UAE's announcement, Bahrain signalled its intention to reopen its embassy in Damascus, which has been closed since March 2012.

In a statement published on its website, the ministry noted that Syria's embassy in Bahraini capital Manama had already resumed operations.

A day earlier, the United Arab Emirates reopened its embassy in Damascus, marking a diplomatic boost for President Bashar al-Assad from a US-allied Arab state that once backed rebels fighting him. The embassy has been shut since the early months of Syria's conflict, which erupted in 2011.

In 2011, Syria was evicted from 22-member Arab League.

He added that Syria will strongly be back to the Arab world.

Ali Mamluk, Syria's intelligence chief and a key figure in the Assad regime, travelled to Egypt last week on an official visit.

All three countries were also involved in CIA-led logistics hubs that trained and equipped opposition fighters. The ministry emphasized "the Arab role" in preserving Syria's independence and preventing unsafe regional intervention in its affairs - an apparent reference to Iran's strengthened foothold there.

Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa attends the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Kuwait.

For Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, drawing Syria away from Iran's web of influence may require providing Damascus with significant monetary support toward reconstruction.

Last week's announcement by the White House that United States troops would be pulled out also cleared the path for Turkey to muscle in on Kurdish areas in northeastern Syria.

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