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Saudi Arabia Is Preparing To Reopen Its Embassy In Damascus

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Saudi Arabia Is Preparing To Reopen Its Embassy In Damascus

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) addresses the first meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Economic and Development Affairs Authority in Riyadh on November 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE

Saudi Crown Prince, Mohamad Bin Salman, wants to reopen the Kingdom’s embassy in the Syrian capital of Damascus, Mujtahid, an anonymous Saudi activist, revealed on September 1.

The pseudonymous activist, who is known for leaking credible information on Saudi Arabia’s internal affairs, said that Bin Salman, known as MBS, has directed Saudi Foreign Ministry to restore economic and commercial relations with the Damascus government.

Last year, the UAE became the first Arab state to reopen its embassy in Damascus and appoint a chargé d’affaires in the war-torn country.

“Unlike what many believe, there is no disagreement between Saudi Arabia and the UAE on Syria,” the activist wrote on Twitter.

Mujtahid’s claims were confirmed a few days later by an unnamed Arab diplomatic source in Damascus, who told the al-Watan newspaper that reports of a near Saudi return to the Syrian capital are credible.

“The opening of the Saudi Embassy is not far away,” the source told the Syrian newspaper on September 5.

Saudi Arabia was among the first Arab states to close its embassy in Damascus in 2012. Later, the Kingdom became one of the key backers of anti-government forces in Syria.

By planning to reopen the Kingdom’s embassy in Damascus, Bin Salman may be trying to de-escalate the tension with Syria’s regional ally, Iran.

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  • Valerianus Maximus

    So, what is the stand of the Syrian government on this? The Saudis cannot simply show back up on their own.

    • verner

      of course they will and can, have no doubt!

    • Rafik Chauhan

      syria will allow but will keep close watch on them. and may be syria will manipulate and use this scum whabhi for the benfit of syria anf create rift berween Saudi anf US and Turkey

    • Saladin

      The kingdom of Saudi Arabia is no the leader of the Arab world, if Syria wants to be part of the Arab world it should have diplomatic relations with the leader of the Arabs

  • Jakke1899

    Mmmm… If I were a journalist, I would definitely not attend the opening of this Saudi embassy!

  • klove and light

    lolololololol..everything going as planned for the satanic jews

  • Xoli Xoli

    Why dont their call it spy agency office.

  • Tiresia Branding
  • Andrei

    They should never be allowed to reopen their embassy
    They are traitors.
    They should be executed

  • Jim Prendergast

    Reconciliation is necessary. We must all get along together.

  • Xoli Xoli

    God says a women should cover her head. .Now this this gay Pompeo gay partners of Saudi Arabia wear also her dress and a long blues or skirt.

  • d’Artagnan

    Saudis are in real trouble all over the region as the imbecilic MBS has got them entangled in losing conflicts and complete economic mess. They are now drawing on depleting foreign asset and reserves to fund terrorism and the lost war in Yemen. The demented King has appointed another son as the new Energy Minister to raise more oil revenue as Yemen is costing $4 a month now.

  • goingbrokes

    What this means is that the saudis want to talk. One of the first orders of business should be talk about making war-reparations to Syria with no strings attached.
    (We know that the saudis want to talk only because they are in a humongous mess with all their neighbours and then some. If they can get Syria off their backs in the long term, and get help from Syria in negotiating with Iran, they hope to survive a bit longer. I’m not sure it’s possible really.)