Bashar al-Assad of United Arab Emirates breaks diplomatic isolation

Bashar al-Assad and Crown Prince Mohammed Binzaid in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, March 18, 2022.

Bashar al-Assad, banned from the Arab world for 10 years, was released on Friday, March 18, by Mohammed Ben Zayed al-Nachan, the de facto leader of the United Arab Emirates, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. “Friendship” Bilateral, according to the official Emirati Agency WAM.

Two guys talked “Cooperation and coordination between the two brotherhoods”With a view to “Contributing to the security, stability and peace of the Arab world and the Middle East”, Add the same source. According to WAM, there are also two leaders “Territorial integrity of Syria and withdrawal of foreign troops”Mohammed Benzayed the country “Essential Pillars of Arab Security”..

According to an official Syrian statement, Mohammed bin Zayed emphasized: “The position of the United Arab Emirates is consistent in its support for Syria’s territorial integrity and its stability.” According to a statement released by the official Syrian news agency SANA and the President of Syria on social networks. “The Crown Prince has expressed concern in the United Arab Emirates to strengthen cooperation with Syria to meet the wishes of the two brothers.”

Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan met the Syrian president in Damascus in November, the first visit by senior Gulf monarchy officials since the start of the war in Syria in 2011.

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Stepwise normalization

Syria was removed from the Arab League at the end of 2011, and Arab countries, including the Gulf countries, protested the crackdown by Damascus forces against democratization demonstrations. The crackdown soon turned into a devastating war with stakeholders, including several foreign powers and jihadist groups, killing 500,000 people and evacuating millions.

In February 2012, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Emirates and other countries announced the withdrawal of the ambassador from Syria. “Massacre” Committed by Syrian authorities.

However, by the end of 2018, Abu Dhabi, which has an increasingly diverse position in the diplomatic scene, has reopened its embassy in Damascus. The United Arab Emirates, a rich oil country near the west, has recently made a difference in the region by normalizing relations with Israel or showing its proximity to Russia in the midst of the Ukrainian crisis. is showing.

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Bahrain, another Gulf country that closed its diplomatic mission in Damascus in March 2012, also in 2018 “Pursuit” He has indicated his intention to work at the Syrian embassy and resume.At that time, Bahrain told himself “I want to continue the relationship” With Syria.

Bashar al-Assad, who finished his visit at the end of Friday, also met Sheikh Mohammed Ben Rashid Al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, the other major emirate of the country where he had previously landed. This visit by the Syrian President, whose administration currently controls two-thirds of Syria, seems to be a further step towards normalizing relations between Damascus and certain Arab countries.

Syria’s suspension from the Arab League no longer seems unanimous, but another influential Gulf nation, Qatar, is still against it. Last month, Doha even accepted the leaders of Syrian opposition groups and decided to unite with President Bashar al-Assad despite their division.

In addition to diplomatic aspects, Syrian authorities are also trying to restore relations with local neighbors for the economic reconstruction of a war-torn country.

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