Bahrain to follow UAE's suit, reopen Syria embassy

Bahrain to follow UAE's suit, reopen Syria embassy

Bahrain to follow UAE's suit, reopen Syria embassy

Rumours of the Emirati embassy reopening have circulated in recent days as renovation work was spotted getting underway at the building.

It added that Bahrain "affirms [its] keenness on the continuity of its relations with the Syrian Arab Republic and stresses the significance of enhancing and activating the Arab role in order to maintain Syria's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and avert the hazards of regional interference in its internal affairs and progress".

"Syria is a country in the heart of the Arab world and it's an indescribable country in the Arab world and this is an invitation to the Arab countries to return", he said.

In a statement released on Friday, Bahrain's foreign ministry said that Syria's embassy in Manama is operational and flights between the two countries will resume soon.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has lobbied hard for Syria to be readmitted to the league of Arab Nations.

UAE's charge d'affaires Abdul-Hakim Naimi on Thursday, visited the embassy, witnessed UAE's flag raising again in central Damascus. There is a widespread belief, says Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash, that in the near future the "Arab presence" is needed in the Syrian dossier.

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During his visit, the Sudanese president highlighted his country's support to Syria.

But restoring ties with the government of President Bashar al-Assad seemed gradually occurring.

On December 18, an Iraqi diplomatic source, requesting not to be named, said President Barham Salih was going to pay an official visit to Damascus. Pro-government Syrian outlet Al Masdar News has suggested that Riyadh could be next.

Some of the Gulf states have supported factions of the Syrian opposition during the seven-year conflict, providing arms to various rebel groups in an attempt to counter Iranian support for the Syrian regime.

Former Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Ja'afari called on the Arab League to end its suspension of Syria's membership in the 22-member pan-Arab body on March 7 a year ago, stressing that Arabs should reach a consensus on resolving the Syria crisis.

Maher Ihsan, another expert, told Xinhua that despite the fact that no UAE ambassador has yet been named, the opening of the embassy is a fix to the broken relations between both countries.

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