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Syria key player in Middle East region, Bahraini foreign minister says

31 December 2018 16:02

Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifah has described Syria as a key player in Middle East politics, stating that the Manama regime stands by Syria in protecting its sovereignty and territorial integrity against any act of aggression.

Al Khalifah, in a post published on his official Twitter page on Saturday, wrote that Syria is a major Arab country in the region.

“We did not break off with Syria despite the difficult situation it went through, nor did it break off with us despite difficult conditions. We stand by it in attempts to restore stability across its territory, ensure security and bring prosperity to its brotherly nation,” the top Bahraini diplomat noted.

On Friday, Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry announced in a statement that work at the kingdom’s embassy “in the Syrian Arab Republic is going on whilst the Embassy of the Syrian Arab Republic to the Kingdom of Bahrain is carrying out its duties and flights connecting the two countries are operational without interruption.”

The statement also affirmed “the Kingdom’s keenness on the continuity of its relations with the Syrian Arab Republic and stresses the significance of enhancing and activating the Arab role in order to maintain Syria’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and avert the hazards of regional interference in its internal affairs and progress.”

On Thursday, the United Arab Emirates officially reopened its embassy in Damascus.

The Emirati Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said the reopening of its embassy “reaffirms the keenness of the United Arab Emirates to restore relations between the two friendly countries to their normal course.”

The United Arab Emirates’ embassy is pictured in the Syrian capital Damascus on December 27, 2018 after its reopening, the latest sign of efforts to bring the Syrian government back into the Arab fold. (Photo by AFP)

The move “will strengthen and activate the Arab role in supporting the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic and to prevent the dangers of regional interference in Syrian Arab affairs,” the ministry pointed out.

On December 16, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir became the first Arab League leader to visit Damascus.

Syria’s official news agency SANA said Bashir was greeted by his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad upon arrival at Damascus International Airport, before they both headed to the presidential palace.

The two leaders discussed bilateral ties and the “situations and crises faced by many Arab countries,” the Syrian presidency said in a statement.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (R) receives his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir upon arrival at Damascus International Airport, Syria, on December 16, 2018. (Photo by SANA)

SANA quoted the Sudanese leader as saying during the meeting that he hoped Syria will recover its important role in the region as soon as possible.

He also affirmed Khartoum’s readiness to provide all it can to support Syria’s territorial integrity.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the country.

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