Syria says priority is to work on its bilateral Arab relations

Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad meets with his Egyptian counterpart (not in photograph) at the ministry headquarters in Cairo, on April 1, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP)

TUNIS – Syria's return to the Arab League will be "almost impossible before correcting bilateral relations", the Syrian foreign minister said in comments about the possibility of preparing for the Arab League.

Faisal Mekdad told Algeria International TV that recent visits to Arab countries aim to open a new page.

Syria was suspended from the Arab League in 2011 to protest how the government of President Bashar al-Assad treated demonstrators.

After the tragic earthquakes that jolted Syria on Feb 6, Arab countries have sent many aid shipments to Syria amid signs of a wide-scale diplomatic detente. A delegation of an Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union visited Damascus in late February, underscoring the importance of bringing Syria back to the Arab fold.

Last week, Tunisia and Syria announced to resume diplomatic ties. Also last week, Syria and Saudi Arabia agreed in a joint statement to resume consular services and flights.

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With Xinhua inputs