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Saudi FM Meets With Syrian President Assad In First Damascus Visit Since War

Saudi FM Meets With Syrian President Assad In First Damascus Visit Since War

Prince Faisal landed in Damascus on Tuesday, Syrian state media reported, per week after his Syrian counterpart visited Riyadh.

The go to is the primary by a Saudi official to Syria’s capital because the begin of the struggle in 2011.

The Saudi international ministry mentioned in a web based assertion that the go to confirmed the dominion’s want to discover a political resolution to Syria’s battle that might protect the nation’s “Arab identification, and return it to its Arab environment”.

Assad has been politically remoted within the area because the battle started, however a flurry of diplomatic exercise has been below manner previously week as regional relations shift following a choice by Saudi Arabia and Damascus’s ally Iran to renew ties.

The journey comes lower than per week after Syrian International Minister Faisal Mekdad visited Saudi Arabia, additionally on the primary such go to because the battle started.

Final week, diplomats from 9 Arab nations met within the Saudi metropolis of Jeddah to debate ending Syria’s lengthy spell within the diplomatic wilderness and its attainable return to the 22-member Arab League after Damascus was suspended in 2011.

The diplomats pressured the “significance of getting an Arab management function in efforts to finish the disaster” in Syria, in accordance with a press release by the Saudi international ministry, however media studies point out that a number of nations are nonetheless holding out towards Syria’s return to the Arab League.

Saudi Arabia severed ties with Assad’s authorities in 2012 and Riyadh had lengthy brazenly championed Assad’s ouster, backing Syrian rebels in earlier phases of the struggle.

A number of different Arab nations additionally minimize ties with Syria as some powers guess on Assad’s demise.

However regional capitals have progressively been warming to Assad as he has clawed again a lot of the territory misplaced to rivals, with essential backing from Russia and Iran.

The United Arab Emirates, which re-established ties in late 2018, has been main the cost to reintegrate Damascus into the Arab fold.

In March, Saudi state media had mentioned that Riyadh and Damascus had been in talks about resuming consular companies.

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