Moscow: The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are determined to get Syria back to the “Arab family” as soon as possible, an event would also promote better understanding between Syrians when it comes to political settlement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Egypt’s Al-Ahram newspaper.
In early March, the top Russian diplomat visited the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
“During recent talks in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, my counterparts and I reaffirmed our commitment to the sovereignty, national unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic, as well as the right of Syrians to independently determine their future, as stipulated in UN Security Council resolution 2254 and the results of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi. The leadership of these countries appears to be determined to see Syria return to the ‘Arab family,’ of which it was and remains an integral part, as soon as possible,” Lavrov said.
According to the top Russian diplomat, “the sooner this step is made, the better.”
“Among other things, it would facilitate a favorable atmosphere for the Syrians to reach mutual understanding on the issues related to a comprehensive settlement of the crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic, including its political component,” the minister continued.
Lavrov noted that many other Arab countries recognize the importance of restoring ties with Damascus. He also stressed that one should bear in mind the circumstances under which the Arab League made its decision to suspend Syria’s membership in November 2011.
The 22-nation Arab League suspended Syria’s membership in 2011 after a war broke out in the country. Several member states then recalled their ambassadors from Syria. Years later, some of them have begun taking steps to reengage Damascus and reopen embassies.