Is Trump Working on a Syria Deal That Includes Normalization With Israel?

New Omani ambassador is a sign that the Arab League position could be softening on Assad, while White House dealings with Syria spark a flurry of speculation

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About three weeks ago, the new Omani ambassador to Syria, Turki Bin Mahmood al-Busaidy, presented his credentials to President Bashar Assad. Busaidy is the first gulf state ambassador to take up his post in Damascus since Syria was ejected from the Arab League in November 2011.

About two years ago, the United Arab Emirates broke through the diplomatic siege when it opened an embassy in Damascus and posted a charge d’affaires there; one day later, it was joined by Bahrain. At the time, Syria seemed poised to return to the Arab fold: The Arab League looked likely to reconsider its membership; and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi even declared he would be prepared to send a shipment of weapons to help the regime fight the rebels.

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