Syria: Oman first Arab Gulf country to return to Damascus

In 2012 Muscat had withdrawn ambassador from war-torn country

07 October, 17:00

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, OCTOBER 7 - For the first time in eight years an Arab Gulf country is taking back its ambassador to war-torn Syria, according to Syrian and pan Arab media outlets. The reports said Oman has appointed and sent to Damascus an ambassador.

    Over the past few weeks Oman had welcomed the normalization of the relations of Israel, an archenemy of Syria, with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Syrian government news agency Sana published photos of the official meeting on October 4 between Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al Muallim and Oman's new ambassador, Mahmud Mahmud Al Busaidi.

    Oman and the other Arab Gulf countries left Syria in 2012 following the government's crackdown on an uprising in 2011.

    Syria also lost its seat in the Arab League on that occasion.

    However, its reintroduction within the pan Arab institution has been discussed for over a year. Oman has just gone through a peaceful transition after the death in January of Sultan Qaboos (50 years in power) and the succession of the new sultan, Haitham ben Tariq. The sultanate, which is at a crossroads between Iran, the Indian Ocean and the Middle East, traditionally tries to maintain an open policy towards all regional actors and the reopening of formal relations with Damascus is part of its efforts to normalize relations with all other countries in the region, including Israel.(ANSAmed).


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