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‘No reason for normalising ties with Syria’: Qatar foreign minister

Qatar has no plans to normalise ties with Syria, the Gulf state’s foreign minister stated, after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gained a fourth time period in office final week in an election derided by the opposition and the West as a farce.

Qatar was amongst a number of regional states together with Saudi Arabia that backed rebels in Syria’s decade-old civil battle. Some just like the United Arab Emirates have sought to normalise ties after Assad regained management of a lot of the nation.

“So far we see nothing on the horizon for a political solution acceptable to the Syrian people… the (regime’s)approach and conduct has not changed,” Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani informed UK-based Al Araby tv in an interview aired on Friday.

“There is no motivation for us to re-establish ties with the Syrian regime at this time,” Sheikh Mohammed stated. “The Syrian regime is committing crimes against its people.”

Syria’s authorities stated that Wednesday’s election reveals the nation is functioning usually regardless of the battle which has killed a whole lot of hundreds of individuals and displaced 11 million.

Gulf Arab states downgraded or shut missions in Damascus in 2012 over assaults by the federal government on protests at first of the battle.

The UAE re-opened its mission to Damascus in late 2018 in a bid to counter the affect of non-Arab actors like Iran, which alongside with Russia backs Assad, and Turkey, which backs rebels.

The UAE has a cost d’affaires in Syria. Oman, one of many uncommon Arab nations that had maintained diplomatic ties with Damascus, despatched an envoy in 2020.

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