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Bahrain appoints ambassador to Syria for first time in a decade

The Kingdom of Bahrain has appointed an ambassador to Damascus for the first time in ten years, following the deterioration of bilateral relations due to the conflict that broke out in Syria in the spring of 2011.

The appointment of Wahid Mubarak Sayyar, broadcast by the country’s state news agency BNA, is part of the diplomatic rapprochement of a growing number of Arab monarchies with the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Most Gulf Arab states have either downgraded or closed their diplomatic missions in Damascus after Syrian government forces used force against pro-democracy protesters in 2011, sparking an armed conflict. Bahrain, however, had maintained its embassy, ​​as well as Syria’s diplomatic mission in Manama, operational.

Last month, the United Arab Emirates, which reopened its diplomatic mission in the Syrian capital in 2018, sent its foreign minister to Damascus to meet with President Assad. The UAE also supported Syria’s readmission to the Arab League.

Abu Dhabi resumed talks with Damascus after decisive victories by the Syrian army, which operates with the support of Russia, Iran and Shiite militias, particularly Lebanon’s Hezbollah. The UAE aims to increase Arab influence in Syria by reducing that of Turkey, a key protector of the most powerful rebel factions, and Tehran, a pillar of the Assad regime.

The UAE was one of the countries in the region that supported the rebels, although its role was not as great as that of Saudi Arabia or Qatar, which have not restored their diplomatic relations with the Syrian government.

Oman was the first Gulf state to re-appoint an ambassador to Syria in 2020.

Source: AMPE


Source From: Capital

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