December 28: The United Arab Emirates has resumed its diplomatic service at Damascus in Syria after six years of suspension signaling a thaw in the relations between the two countries, as also with the Arab world. The Charge d'Affaires of the UAE Embassy began discharging his duty on Thursday.
The Ministry in a statement said the move underscores the UAE government’s keenness to restore relations between the two brotherly countries to their normal course. It also said the resumption of relations will enhance and implement the Arab role in supporting the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic.
This move will also prevent the dangers of regional interference in Syrian affairs.
UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Anwar Gargah, said the country’s decision came after a careful reading of developments and a conviction that the next phase requires Arab involvement to protect Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. He said on Twitter that an Arab role in Syria had become necessary to combat the growing influence of Turkey and Iran.
UAE had closed its Embassy in the early years of the Syrian conflict.