Syrian Vice Foreign Minister tells Sputnik that the Syrian diplomatic mission in Saudi is in the process of starting to work.
The Syrian embassy in Saudi Arabia is reportedly in the process of reopening after 10 years of no diplomatic relations, Sputnik reported, citing Vice Syrian Foreign Minister Bassam Sabbagh.
In May, diplomatic ties between Syria and Saudi Arabia were reestablished, following Syria’s readmission to the Arab League.
Earlier today, Syrian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bassam Sabbagh said that there would be normalization with Turkey before it withdraws its troops from Syrian territories.
“Turkey has to withdraw its military forces. Any other aspects, yes, of course, we will be open to discussing with them, but not to do so and to insist on staying – that’s an illegal occupation and then this will block all the efforts toward any kind of contact and relations with Turkey,” Sabbagh said in an interview for Sputnik.
Syria was readmitted to the Arab League earlier this year. The Arab League committee, established in May with the primary objective of seeking a comprehensive solution to the Syrian crisis, has reportedly frozen all its contacts with representatives of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
This decision has effectively stalled further steps toward supporting Syria, a nation grappling with a devastated economy due to direct pressure from the United States, according to the source.
Saudi Arabia initially spearheaded regional efforts to renew engagement with Syria after a 12-year period of cutting ties.
Kuwait, Qatar, and Morocco initially displayed reluctance but later joined in welcoming Syria back into the Arab League, all in hopes of contributing to the country’s economic recovery and stabilizing the situation within its borders. Consequently, in May of this year, the League of Arab States reinstated Syria’s membership.