Omani Foreign Minister Makes Rare Visit to Syria

Yusuf bin Alawi discusses boosting efforts 'to restore stability and security in the region' with Syrian President Bashar Assad

File photo: Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi holds a press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Building in Baghdad, Iraq, June 12, 2019.
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Oman's foreign minister has made a rare visit to Damascus to discuss with President Bashar Assad ways of restoring stability and security in the region.

Oman is one of few Arab countries that kept normal relations with Damascus after Syria was suspended from the Arab League in 2011 months after the country's crisis began.

The Syrian Presidency said Assad discussed Sunday with Oman's Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi regional and international affairs as well as "economic and political challenges imposed on the region."

Oman's foreign ministry tweeted that Alawi delivered a message from the Sultan of Oman and talked about boosting efforts "to restore stability and security in the region."

In March 2018, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem visited Oman.