Jordan hosts Arab meeting to discuss Syrian crisis

Jordan hosts Arab meeting to discuss Syrian crisis
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AMMAN — The foreign ministers of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Egypt met with the Syrian foreign minister to build on Arab contacts to reach a political solution on the Syrian crisis.اضافة اعلان

Since last April, the committee which consisted of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt met in Jeddah to discuss political solutions to the crisis.

In efforts to continue these meetings, Syrian Foreign Minister, Faisal Mekdad, arrived in Amman on Monday morning, while Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al-Saud, arrived on Sunday meeting.

The meeting comes ahead of the scheduled Arab League Summit, to be held in Riyadh on May 19, 2023. Syria’s membership in the Arab League has been suspended since November 2011.

The participating ministers in last year’s meeting agreed on the importance of playing a leading Arab role in the efforts to end the crisis in Syria. Days after the meeting was held, Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al-Saud visited Damascus in the first official Saudi visit to Syria since the rupture between the two countries at the start of the crisis, 12 years ago.

Over the past two years, there have been indications of rapprochement of between Damascus and several other Arab capitals, including Abu Dhabi, which restored its diplomatic relations, Riyad, which held talks with Damascus about resuming consular services between the two countries, and Tunisia which appointed an ambassador to Damascus in April 2023.

Since the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has received contacts and assistance from Arab leaders, in a show of solidarity to accelerate the process of normalizing his relations with Arab countries. 

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