Bahrain says embassy work in Syria continues after UAE move

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Citing a source in the Syrian foreign ministry, Russian state media also said the UAE will officially open its mission in the country on Thursday afternoon.

The statement said it was important that Arab states work to prevent any regional interference in Syria's internal affairs, to help consolidate security and stability in the country.

Bahrain closed its Damascus embassy in 2011 after the eruption of the Syrian uprising and subsequent crackdown on protesters by Syria's Assad regime.

Previously, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir visited Syria on Dec 16, and was greeted by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad before they held talks on bilateral relations and the latest developments in Syria and the region. The reopened embassy marks the first state of the Gulf Cooperation Council to resume diplomatic work in Syria.

With most of Syria under government control after a bloody civil war, it appears many Arab governments have managed to stem the tide of revolution, crushing the initial hopes of an 'Arab Spring'.

Re-opening of UAE embassy in Syria's capital Damascus was a step towards the rehabilitation on Syria by its Arab fellows.

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In recent years, however, the Syrian army has won a series of key military victories with the help of Russian Federation and Iran.

Meanwhile, in December, United States President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of all 2,000 US troops from Syria, clearing the path for Turkey to launch planned combat operations into northeastern Syria against an alliance of Kurdish and Arab groups that it views as an extension of an armed group fighting inside Turkey.

The World Bank estimated it will cost approximately $250 billion to rebuild the country, and the United Nations as well as other worldwide bodies are unlikely to pay even a portion of this sum if Assad does not agree to an global peace process framework.

President Donald Trump said last week the United States would pull its troops out of Syria because the Islamic State terror group has been defeated, although some politicians and experts have disagreed on that claim.

The diplomatic thaw comes after the US announced plans to pull its troops from Syria.

Warming up to Assad is seen by some regional powers as a way of luring Syria away from the exclusive regional influence of Iran.

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