A Jordanian international ministry spokesman stated the assembly got here as a follow-up to talks with the Arab Gulf international locations, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt that had been held in Saudi Arabia final month. The spokesman added that these international locations aimed to construct on their contacts with the Syrian authorities and focus on a “Jordanian initiative to succeed in a political resolution to the Syrian disaster.”
Syria was ostracized by Arab governments over President Bashar Assad’s brutal crackdown on protesters in a 2011 rebellion that descended into civil warfare. Nonetheless, lately, as Assad consolidated management over many of the nation, Syria’s neighbors have begun to take steps towards rapprochement.
The overtures picked up tempo after a lethal Feb. 6 earthquake in Turkey and Syria, and the Chinese language-brokered reestablishment of ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which had backed opposing sides within the battle.
In current weeks, regional heavyweight Saudi Arabia — which as soon as backed Syrian insurgent teams — has reversed its stance on the Assad authorities and is pushing its neighbors to observe go well with. Saudi Overseas Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan visited Damascus final month for the primary time because the kingdom minimize ties with Syria greater than a decade in the past.
The dominion, which is able to host a gathering of the Arab League this month, has been coaxing different member states to revive Syria’s membership, though some holdouts stay, chief amongst them Qatar. The Arab League is a confederation of Arab administrations established to advertise cooperation amongst its members.
Related Press writers Albert Aji in Damascus, Syria, and Abby Sewell in Beirut contributed to this report.