UAE to reopen Damascus embassy on Thursday - Syrian information ministry

UAE 're-opens embassy in Syria' as Arab leaders begin to welcome Assad back from the cold

It added that the move is "to activate the Arab role in supporting Syria's independence, sovereignty, unity and safety and prevent the dangers of regional intervention in Syria's Arab affairs". The UAE embassy in Syrian capital Damascus was reopened Thursday afternoon and the UAE flag was raised over it, for the first time in seven years.

An official at the Syrian information ministry invited journalists "to cover the reopening of the Emirati embassy in Damascus today".

In October, Assad told a little-known Kuwaiti newspaper that Syria had reached a "major understanding" with Arab states after years of hostility. However, Arab countries had also sanctioned Damascus and criticized its use of military forces against the opposition. Now the diplomatic ties are being restored.

"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.

Syria was expelled from the 22-member Arab League in 2011.

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The United Arab Emirates reopened its embassy in Damascus on Thursday, marking a big diplomatic boost for President Bashar al-Assad from a USA -allied Arab state that once backed rebels fighting him.

Khalifa later defended the meeting in an interview, saying it was unplanned and calling Syria a "brotherly, Arab nation". Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. "It is not right that regional and worldwide players are involved in Syria while we are absent", Khalifa said.

Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir, visited Damascus this week, in a move seen as a show of support for the Assad regime from Saudia Arabia, considered one of Khartoum's closest allies.

His military advances gathered pace this year with the defeat of the last big rebel enclaves near Damascus and recovery of the southwestern region.

The move has provided a major boost to Assad, who military have yet won series of victories in recent years with help from Iran and Russian Federation.

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Arab state support was funneled to Syrian rebels through a program overseen by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency until President Donald Trump ordered it shut down past year.

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

US President Donald Trump announced last week that the 2,000 forces now deployed in Syria, which are stationed in two areas on the Iraq border partially to keep Iran in check, will be returning home.

It noted that both Syria and Egypt aim to reactivate the Syrian-Egyptian relations first and the Arab relations in general. The department said the funds were no longer needed because the administration had secured about $300 million for the same goal from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other nations, though even that sum would be a fraction of what is needed to rebuild the war-torn nation.

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