Saudi Arabia invitations Syrian president to Arab summit Lalrp


BEIRUT — Saudi Arabia has invited Syrian President Bashar Assad to the upcoming Arab League summit within the oil-rich kingdom, the Syrian president’s workplace mentioned on Wednesday. The information comes as Damascus continues to slowly return to the Arab fold, following a 12-year-period of political isolation.

Assad acquired the invitation days after the Arab League restored Syria’s membership into the organization throughout a gathering in Cairo on Sunday. Syria’s membership was suspended for brutally cracking down on mass protests in opposition to Assad in 2011. Since then, the rebellion become a vicious civil warfare that killed almost a half million individuals and displaced half of the nation’s pre-war inhabitants of 23 million.

The upcoming summit will happen within the Saudi coastal metropolis of Jeddah on Could 19.

Assad’s workplace printed photographs of Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Jordan delivering the invitation. It was not made clear whether or not Assad will attend the summit.

Saudi Arabia had been a key backer of armed opposition teams making an attempt to overthrow the embattled Syrian president, however in latest months had known as for dialogue. On Tuesday, the Syrian overseas minister paid a go to to the dominion, the primary in over a decade, whereas Riyadh and Damascus introduced Tuesday that they are going to reopen their embassies and restore diplomatic relations.

Jordan and Egypt have additionally renewed ties with Damascus, following normalization efforts from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain years in the past.

There may be nonetheless no consensus on restoring ties with Damascus amongst Arab international locations. Kuwait, Morocco, and Qatar, stay key opposing voices. Qatar stays a key backer of insurgent teams in war-torn Syria.

Some analysts have said Syria’s reinstatement into the Arab League is largely symbolic, and anticipate {that a} tangible decision may take time. Jordan earlier this months hosted talks with Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Iraq as a part of an Arab-led initiative to succeed in a political answer to the Syrian battle.

The assembly additionally mentioned different regional points, similar to refugees and drug smuggling.