Damascus, 11 May 2023 (TDI): Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has invited the President of Syria, Bashar Al-Assad, to attend an upcoming Arab League meeting on May 19, which will be held in Jeddah.
The invitation was delivered by the Kingdom’s ambassador to Jordan, Naif bin Bandar Al-Sudairi, during a meeting with the Syrian President in Damascus.
The Ambassador conveyed the greetings of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Al-Assad.
The Ambassador also expressed the Kingdom’s wishes for security and stability for the Syrian government and people.
Following the invitation from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the Syrian President expressed his gratitude and conveyed his greetings.
He also emphasized that the upcoming Arab summit in Saudi Arabia has the potential to strengthen cooperation and coordination among Arab nations, leading to the realization of the aspirations of the Arab people.
The meeting between the Saudi ambassador and the Syrian President in Damascus and the exchange of messages between the two leaders indicate a potential opening for dialogue and cooperation between the two countries.
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On Sunday, the foreign ministers of Arab League member states voted to reinstate Syria’s membership after more than a decade of suspension. The decision was made during a meeting at the Arab League’s headquarters in Cairo, with top diplomats from Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Syria coming together to support the move.
The process of reintegrating Syria into the Arab League has been referred to as the “Jordanian Initiative” following a meeting of regional diplomats in Jordan last week.
However, the decision to restore Syria’s membership to the Arab League has been met with mixed reactions. Some countries, including Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, have supported the move, arguing that it could help bring about a political solution to the conflict.
Other countries, such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have expressed reservations, citing the ongoing human rights abuses committed by the Syrian government.