Stärkere Bande zu Golfstaaten: Syriens Präsident Assad zu Besuch in den Emiraten

19 Mar 2023 10:00 p.m

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was received by President Muhammad bin Zayid in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday. There is an increasing thaw between Syria and other Arab countries.

After his visit to Russia, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad arrived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday. Its President Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayid received Assad and his wife Asma at the airport in Abu Dhabi, according to the state news agency WAM reported. Assad was then greeted with military honors at the Presidential Palace in the capital of the Emirates.

The two had constructive talks about bilateral relations and stability in Syria and the region, bin Zayid wrote on Twitter.

It was Assad’s first visit to the wealthy Gulf state since the devastating earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria last month. After the earthquake, the UAE foreign minister visited Damascus, the Gulf country sent dozens of aid shipments to Syria.

According to the World Bank, Syria’s real gross domestic product could shrink by 5.5 percent after the earthquake, with property damage estimated at $3.7 billion and economic losses at $1.5 billion. This is in addition to the already existing damage from twelve years of war, as the bank announced on Sunday.

“Economic growth could contract further if recovery is slower than expected due to limited public funding, weak private investment and limited humanitarian aid reaching affected areas.” One obstacle to reconstruction is the insufficient implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2254, which was passed in December 2015.

The current meeting also shows that Syria’s government is being reinstated into the Arab fold after a decade of isolation from Western countries and the 22-member Arab League, the newspaper said The National reported. Approaches were made even before the earthquake. Last March, Assad visited the UAE, making it the first visit to a Gulf state since the start of the war in Syria in 2011. Another visit took place in January this year.

dr Anwar Gargash, Diplomatic Advisor to the President of the UAE, explained on Twitter: “The UAE’s approach and efforts for a fraternal Syria are part of a deeper vision and a broader approach aimed at amplifying the UAE’s clear position on the need for Syria to return to its environs by activating the Arab strengthen role.”

After a decade and a half of war, violence and destruction, it is time to step up cooperation between Arab countries to ensure stability and prosperity in the region, Gargash said.

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