UAE reopens Damascus embassy - media

UAE reopens Damascus embassy - media

The United Arab Emirates will reopen its embassy in Damascus, which has been shut since 2011, the Syrian information ministry said.

There was no immediate comment from officials in the UAE. 

A Syrian information note to journalists invited them to cover the event at 1:30 p.m. (1130 GMT) today at the embassy located in the capital’s Abu Rummaneh district, Reuters reported.

The UAE was one of several regional states that backed groups fighting Assad, though its role was less prominent than Saudi Arabia, Qatar or Turkey, rebel sources have said.

Earlier this month, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir became the first Arab head of state to visit Damascus since the start of the Syrian conflict. The Arab League suspended Syria’s membership in 2011.