Manama Confirms Embassy Work in Damascus Continues

UAE to reopen Syria embassy following seven-year hiatus

UAE to reopen Syria embassy following seven-year hiatus

In a statement published on its website, the ministry noted that Syria's embassy in Bahraini capital Manama had already resumed operations.

After years of war and armed support for anti-government rebel militias, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reopened their embassy in Damascus yesterday.

"An Arab role in Syria has become even more necessary to face the regional expansionism of Iran and Turkey", UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Twitter.

The UK-based Alaraby website reported in the middle of November that the small Persian Gulf country was negotiating the re-opening of its embassy in Syria and return of its ambassador to Damascus.

Last week's announcement by the White House that U.S. troops would be pulled out also cleared the path for Turkey to muscle in on Kurdish areas in northeastern Syria.

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Analysts and experts agree that the reopening of the embassy is a fundamental step in the direction of a full rehabilitation of Syria by the Arab world.

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

The move provides a major boost to Assad, whose forces have won a series of military victories in recent years with the help of Russian Federation and Iran. However, Arab countries had also sanctioned Damascus and criticized its use of military forces against the opposition.

President Donald Trump said last week the United States would pull its troops out of Syria because the Islamic State terror group has been defeated, although some politicians and experts have disagreed on that claim.

The State Department announced in August it was canceling $230 million in aid earmarked for stabilization and early recovery efforts in northeast Syria. The president had long called on other coalition members to pitch in more money. The Syrian president estimates his country needs $250 billion to $400 billion to rebuild, according to Russia's state-owned TASS news agency.

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