UAE resumes Damascus embassy in Syria after 6 years of suspension

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A day earlier, the United Arab Emirates reopened its embassy in Damascus with a flag-raising ceremony before journalists and camera crews. Its presence within the Arab League was suspended seven years ago, during the early stages of the conflict.

On Thursday, the Syrian private Sham Wings Airlines made its debut flight to Tunisia with 150 Syrian passengers onboard, marking the first such trip between both countries in several years, according to Syria's SANA news agency.

The re-opening of the embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Syria is a sign that the long-stranded Arab relations with Syria will resume and that the country is recovering diplomatically, experts say.

After almost eight years of war, Assad has recovered control of most of Syria with support from Russia, Iran, and Iranian-backed Shi'ite Muslim groups such as Lebanon's Hezbollah.

Rumours of the Emirati embassy reopening have circulated in recent days as renovation work was spotted getting underway at the building. Though the Syrian embassy in the UAE remained open.

AFP, Washington US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet next week in Brazil with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as Washington prepares to withdraw troops from Syria, the State Department said Thursday.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) reopened its embassy in Syrian capital Damascus on Thursday, the UAE's ministry of foreign affairs and worldwide cooperation said in a statement.

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"This does not rule out a possible change of the Arab position in the future", he added.

"Syria is a major Arab country in the region, we did not cut ties and it did not do so".

Many Arab nations shut their embassies in Damascus in 2011 - including the UAE.

During his visit, the Sudanese president highlighted his country's support to Syria.

- The Beirut summit could act as a test run for the Arab League summit to be held in March 2019 in Tunis.

- On December 22, Syrian intelligence chief Ali Mamluk, a key regime figure, visits Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials.