On December 27, the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation announced the reopening of the country’s embassy in the Syrian capital of Damascus after more than seven years of its shutdown.
“This step confirms the keenness of the UAE government to restore the relations between the two brotherly countries to their normal course in order to strengthen and activate the Arab role in supporting the independence and sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic,” the ministry said in an official statement released by the Emiratis News Agency, known as WAM.
Abdul Hakim al-Nuaimi, who was appointed as the UAE’s charge d’affaires in Damascus, told reporters outside of the embassy’s building that Syria will “strongly” return to the Arab world.
“The reopening of our embassy today heralds the return of other Arab embassies to Damascus,” al-Nuaimi added.
Last September, the Lebanese al-Akhbar newspaper revealed that senior Syrian and Emirati security officials had met in Damascus and finalized the plan to reopen the UAE embassy in the country.
Local Observers viewed the UAE’s step as a major breakthrough in the Syria crisis. The US is one of the important US allies in the Middle East. The recent development is a part of Damascus’ ongoing efforts to restore relations with the Arab world and return to the Arab League.