UAE Reopens Embassy In Damascus After Six Years

Arturo Kim
December 31, 2018

Noting the keenness of Bahrain on the continuation of relations with Syria, the ministry said the Syrian embassy in Bahrain's capital of Manama is also operational and flights between the two countries are set to resume.

UAE's charge d'affaires Abdul-Hakim Naimi on Thursday, visited the embassy, witnessed UAE's flag raising again in central Damascus. The ministry emphasized "the Arab role" in preserving Syria's independence and preventing risky regional intervention in its affairs - an apparent reference to Iran's strengthened foothold there.

"As an important country in the Gulf, the UAE's move indicates that the Arab countries are facing the reality and adjusting regional policies, while the situation in Syria is becoming clear and the government can not be subverted", he said.

In October, Bahrain's foreign minister embraced his Syrian counterpart at the United Nations which, although described by officials as an "unplanned" meeting, was perceived by many as an attempt to re-engage with Syria after years of regional isolation. A Syrian passenger flight flew to Tunisia on Thursday for the first time in almost eight years.

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

Tehran has been a staunch supporter of Assad's government and has expanded its military footprint in Syria throughout the course of the conflict.

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Some of the Gulf states have supported factions of the Syrian opposition during the seven-year conflict, providing arms to various rebel groups in an attempt to counter Iranian support for the Syrian regime.

It turns out that Trump, under fire for suddenly announcing the withdrawal of USA troops from Syria, was highlighting a commitment that the Saudis made several months ago.

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

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.

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

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