Syria to be readmitted to Arab League

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

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

United Arab Emirates has resumed its diplomatic service at Damascus in Syria after six years of suspension signaling a thaw in the relations between the two countries, as also with the Arab world.

UAE's charge d'affaires Abdul-Hakim Naimi on Thursday, visited the embassy, witnessed UAE's flag raising again in central Damascus. A foreign ministry statement said the move aimed to normalise ties and to curb risks of regional interference in "Arab, Syrian affairs" - an apparent reference to non-Arab Iran, whose support for Al-Assad has been critical to his war effort.

Other Persian Gulf Arab states are expected to shift their positions and normalize ties with Assad's government.

That includes a visit from Sudan's President Omar al Bashir earlier in December and an official meeting between Syrian and Egyptian intelligence chiefs in Cairo last weekend.

On Thursday, the Syrian private Sham Wings Airlines made its debut flight to Tunisia with 150 Syrian passengers onboard, marking the first such trip between both countries in several years, according to Syria's SANA news agency.

His military advances gathered pace this year with the defeat of the last big rebel enclaves near Damascus and recovery of the southwestern region at the border with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

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A series of moves by some Arab countries show that Syria is gradually being reaccepted by the Arab world, which abandoned it after civil war broke out in the nation in 2011, said a Chinese expert.

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

Warming up to Assad is seen by some regional powers as a way of luring Syria away from the exclusive regional influence of Iran.

In another potential boost to Assad, Trump also last week chose to withdraw US forces that are deployed in areas of northern and eastern Syria in support of Kurdish-led militia.

"Saudi Arabia has now agreed to spend the necessary money needed to help rebuild Syria, instead of the United States", Trump said on Twitter.

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