Emirates invites Syrian President Assad to COP28 on climate

DUBAI (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates on Monday invited Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to attend COP28 on climate change in Dubai at the end of the year, where he will meet Western leaders who have fought for years. Restrictions were imposed. ,

Emirati President Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the Syrian news agency SANA and the UAE embassy in Damascus reported separately in a tweet.

Relations between Arab states and Syria are warming after a decade of isolation from Bashar al-Assad’s regime in the region following the outbreak of civil war in 2011.

The reconciliation process accelerated in the wake of the earthquake that devastated Syria and Turkey in February.

Last week, the Arab League returned to Syria, and Saudi Arabia invited the Syrian president to the organization’s next summit, which is scheduled for Friday in Jeddah.

The United States, an ally of Saudi Arabia, is opposing any Middle Eastern agreement with Syria, citing the brutal repression carried out by Bashar al-Assad’s government and the need for progress toward conflict resolution politics .

(Reporting by Jana Choukir and Kinda Makieh; French version Zhifan Liu, Editing by Tangi Salon)

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