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UAE reopens embassy in Damascus after six years | The National |

The UAE announced the resumption of its diplomatic service in Damascus in a sign of thawing relations between the Syrian government and the Arab world after years of diplomatic isolation.

The Emirates closed its embassy in the early phases of the Syrian conflict but the reopening ceremony on Thursday afternoon marked significant reconciliation between Damascus and Abu Dhabi, which was previously part of the international Friends of Syria collective which supported opposition groups.

Thursday's resumption of diplomatic ties is the latest sign President Bashar Al Assad has emerged unscathed from a war in which more than 500,000 Syrians are estimated to have died.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash said the Emirate's decision comes after a "careful reading of developments" and the "birth of a conviction" that the coming phase requires Arab involvement in the "Syrian dossier" to protect Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

He said on Twitter that an Arab role in Syria has become "necessary" to combat the growing influence of Turkey and Iran.

"The UAE is working to activate this role through it's presence in Damascus," he said, adding that the Emirates is also hoping to contribute to political solution to the war.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation said the reopening of the embassy "reaffirms the keenness of the UAE to restore relations between the two friendly countries to their normal course".

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