Saudi Arabia: Too Early to Reopen Syria Embassy

Saudi Arabia's FM added that it was also 'too early' for Syria to be reinstated to the Arab League

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir during the Arab summit in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia as tensions with Iran and wars in Syria and Yemen threaten stability in the region, April 15, 2018.
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Saudi Arabia will not reopen its embassy in Syria before progress is made on a political process to end the war, the kingdom's minister of state for foreign affairs said on Monday.

"This (reopening the embassy) is related to progress on the political process, so it is still early," Adel Jubeir told a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Riyadh.

"Reconstruction cannot happen until the war is over and there is stability and security in Syria," Jubeir said, adding that it was also "too early" for Syria to be reinstated to the Arab League.