Saudi Officials Meet With Assad in Syria, Set to Reopen Embassy, Report Says

Saudi Arabia will reopen its embassy in Damascus with the intention of restoring the diplomatic relations between the countries, according to the independent Rai Al-Youm newspaper

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A youth walks past a banner depicting Syrian President Bashar Assad, last month.
A youth walks past a banner depicting Syrian President Bashar Assad, last month.Credit: JALAA MAREY - AFP
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Saudi officials met on Monday with the Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus in an effort to reinstate diplomatic ties, which were cut almost a decade ago, an independent Arabic newspaper reported.

Saudi Arabia will reopen its embassy in Damascus with the intention of restoring the diplomatic relations between the countries, which were cut almost a decade ago when the Syrian civil war broke, according to the independent Rai Al-Youm newspaper.  

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The newspaper, published in London, also reported that the Saudi diplomatic convoy, which was led by the head of the Saudi Intelligence agency, is expected to return to Syria after Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr, the day that marks the month-long fasting of Ramadan.

In 2012, a year after the war had started, Saudi Arabia closed its embassy in Syria.

U.S-allied Gulf Arab states, especially Saudi Arabia and Qatar, were the main regional backers of armed groups opposed to Assad, providing finance or weapons or both, acting largely as part of a program of support for the armed opposition coordinated by Washington.

Neither Saudi Arabia nor Syria have commented on the report.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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