The Syrian President is making a surprise visit to the Sultanate of Oman and the UAE
Reports from the Syria capital, Damascus, indicated that the Syrian President Bashar al Assad left Damascus on Monday morning on an official visit to the Sultanate of Oman, and the United Arab Emirates.
During his visit, Assad will meet the Sultan of Oman, Haitham bin Tariq, and later he will head to the United Arab Emirates, to meet the UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, in Abu Dhabi.
The Sultanate of Oman plays the role of mediator between Syria and a number of other countries, and it spoke after reports that it conveyed some messages from the Syrian government to many countries in an attempt to end the state of isolation that Syria is under for more than 11 years.
The Sultanate of Oman remained the only Gulf country that hasn’t cut ties with the Syrian government since 2011.
The UAE was the first to provide aid to Syria after the earthquake disaster, and provided $100 million in immediate aid.
The UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed was the first high-ranking diplomat to visit Damascus after the earthquake, where he met the Syrian President and many leaders, and he also visited the affected areas to inspect the damage with Syrian officials.