Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz will be the second Arab leader to visit Syria and meet the country’s President Bashar al-Assad the Mauritanian al-Jawahir newspaper reported on December 29 citing senior officials.
The visit, which will supposedly take place in the first half of the upcoming month, was arranged upon an official invitation from al-Assad. According to al-Jawahir, Abdel Aziz decided to accept the invitation recently.
“The sources said that some of the employees of the Syrian embassy have confirmed the visit to their affiliates,” al-Jawahir said in its report.
Earlier this month, Sudan’s President, Omar al-Bashir, became the first Arab leader to visit Syria and meet with Assad since the outbreak of the Syrian war. The meeting marked the restart of Syrian-Arab relations, as both the UAE and Bahrain reopened their embassies in Damascus days later.
Beside the Mauritanian President, Damascus is expected to host several high-ranking officials from Egypt, UAE, Jordan and Bahrain in the upcoming few weeks. According to several recent reports, all of these efforts are a part of a Saudi-Egyptian plan to restore Syria’s seat in the Arab League.