Damascus, Dec 28: #UAE resumes its diplomatic service at #Damascus in Syria after 6 years of suspension.
The UAE announced the reopening of its embassy in Damascus on Thursday in a sign of thawing relations between the Syrian government and the Arab world after years of diplomatic isolation.
The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Anwar Gargash, said the country’s decision came after a “careful reading of developments” and the “birth of a conviction” that the next phase requires Arab involvement to protect Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation said the reopening of the embassy “reaffirms the keenness of the UAE to restore relations between the two friendly countries to their normal course”.
Thursday’s resumption of diplomatic ties is the latest sign that President Bashar Al Assad has emerged unscathed from a war in which more than 500,000 Syrians are estimated to have died.
“It will strengthen and activate the Arab role in supporting the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic and to prevent the dangers of regional interference in Syrian Arab affairs,” the ministry said.
The UAE recalled its ambassador from Syria in 2011 after the start of the popular uprising against Assad. The Syrian Embassy in the UAE remained open. There are also direct flights on Syria's national carrier to Dubai and between the port city of Latakia and the emirate of Sharjah.