Saudi Arabian Delegation Meets Assad to Reopen Embassy in Syria
Windowofworld.com – Saudi Arabian officials have reportedly met Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus with the aim of restoring diplomatic ties a decade after being cut off.
According to the London-based Arab news portal, Rai Al-Youm, Saudi Arabia’s Head of Intelligence Lieutenant General Khaled Al-Humaidan led a delegation to the Syrian capital.
The reopening of the Saudi embassy was on the agenda for the trip.
Neither Damascus nor Riyadh acknowledged the talks.
The newspaper reported that the Saudi delegation was expected to return after Ramadan and Eid.
At the start of the Syrian revolution and the Assad regime’s brutal crackdown on peaceful protests in 2011, many people in the region and the international community cut diplomatic ties with Syria.
Saudi Arabia did so in 2012, and Syria was kicked out of the Arab League.
However, over the past few years, as Syrian opposition groups have been pushed further north and Assad has regained control of much of its former territory with Russian and Iranian help, several countries in the region have restored their ties with the regime.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) reopened its embassy in Damascus in 2018, and Oman reappointed its envoy to Syria last year.
Saudi Arabia has refrained from restoring its relationship with Assad until now.
After a number of hints about communications between the two countries last year, Riyadh’s reconciliation with Damascus will not come as a surprise to many.