UAE FM visits Syria as US fumes over ‘normalization’ — RT World News

With the US institution warning towards normalizing relations with Syria and insisting such efforts are “doomed to fail,” UAE International Minister Abdullah bin Zayed has visited Damascus and met with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Sheikh Abdullah is essentially the most senior official of a Gulf state to go to Syria since 2011, when an armed revolt broke out towards the federal government in Damascus. Initially backed by regional powers, together with the UAE, the militants failed to attain their purpose and have been lowered to elements of the northwestern Idlib province and assist from Turkey alone.

The Syrian authorities launched images of bin Zayed’s assembly with Assad and different Syrian officers on Tuesday, confirming the go to.

The UAE reopened its embassy in Damascus in 2018, and known as for Syria to be readmitted into the Arab League earlier this yr. Syria was additionally given an area on the Dubai Expo commerce honest that started in early October, because the UAE Ministry of Financial system tweeted that Damascus was its most outstanding international commerce accomplice in 2021.

Washington, in the meantime, continues to insist that “Assad should go.” The rating member of the Senate International Relations Committee, Idaho Republican Jim Risch, tweeted that it was “shameful {that a} rising variety of international locations are open to normalizing relations with Assad” and that the UAE was “ignoring the continuing violence towards Syrian civilians.” 

Joel Rayburn, former US particular envoy for Syria, dismissed regional makes an attempt to normalize relations as “doomed to fail” and argued they are going to “at all times be restricted by America’s everlasting unwillingness to see Assad rehabilitated.”

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The US maintains crippling ‘Caesar Act’ sanctions towards anybody aiding Syria’s reconstruction, and is utilizing its assist of Kurdish-led SDF militia to dam the northeast of the nation from reunifying with Damascus.

Nonetheless, Syria’s neighbors are more and more crossing the US picket line. Final month, Jordan’s King Abdullah spoke with Assad by telephone for the primary time because the outbreak of the struggle. The Egyptian FM met together with his Syrian counterpart in September, whereas Bahrain and Oman reopened their embassies in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

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