State media reports that after over a decade of severed ties due to Syria’s handling of its civil war, Saudi Arabia and Syria have resumed their diplomatic missions in each other’s countries.
On Tuesday, the Saudi Press Agency reported that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had decided to resume its diplomatic mission in the Syrian Arab Republic.
This announcement came just two days after Syria was readmitted into the Arab League, despite the objections of the United States, which holds the regime accountable for the deaths of over 300,000 civilians and the displacement of millions during the country’s civil war.
In response, Syrian state media SANA reported that Damascus had also decided to resume the work of its diplomatic mission in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, citing a statement from an official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“Based on the deep bonds and common affiliation of the peoples of the Syrian Arab Republic and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and in confirmation of both communities’ wills, and based on the Syrian Arab Republic believe in the importance of strengthening bilateral relations between Arab countries to serve joint Arab action, The Syrian Arab Republic decided to resume the work of its diplomatic mission in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the statement reads.
According to officials and analysts, the recent decision to readmit Syria into the Arab League, despite objections from the United States, is seen as a symbolic move that could potentially lead to President Bashar Al Assad’s international rehabilitation and the lifting of sanctions against his regime.