Kuwaiti Deputy FM Khaled Al-JarallahÂ said today that his countryâ€™s embassy in Damascus will not reopen without a greenlight from the Cairo-based Arab League.
Speaking to Al Jazeera, Al-JarallahÂ also criticised what he described as â€śfabricationsâ€ť by the Syrian regime, which yesterday added the names of 30 Kuwaiti nationals on to a list of wanted â€śterroristsâ€ť.
The ministerâ€™s name is included in the list which also features Nayef Al-Ajmi, a former Islamic affairs minister who has also been accused by the US of â€śsupporting jihadistsâ€ť in Syria.
The names also include those of two sitting MPs, several former lawmakers, and a number of Muslim preachers who led donation campaigns for the uprising against the Assad regime.
Local media today reported that Kuwaitâ€™s Foreign Ministry had summoned SyrianÂ ChargĂ© d’Affaires Ghassan AnjariniÂ to protest the move by Damascus.
On Friday, the Bahraini Foreign MinistryÂ announcedÂ the reopening of its embassy in Damascus, stressing its keenness to maintain relations with the Syrian regime.
The visit came just one week afterÂ Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir visited Al-AssadÂ in Damascus â€“ the first state visit of any Arab leader since the war broke out in 2011. In a statement, Al-Bashir affirmed the importance of Syriaâ€™s sovereignty under its â€ślegitimate leadershipâ€ť.
Last week, anonymous diplomats also toldÂ ReutersÂ thatÂ the majority of statesÂ want Syria to return to the Arab League at the next summit in March next year, with only three or four expected to oppose this. The meeting, set to take place in Tunisia, would see the Assad government officially welcomed back into the fold.
In October, President Al-Assad told a little-known Kuwaiti newspaper that Syria had reached a â€śmajor understandingâ€ť with Arab states after years of hostility, adding that Arab and Western delegations had started to visit the country to prepare for the reopening of diplomatic missions. A week later, the Nassib border crossing between Jordan and SyriaÂ officially opened to civiliansÂ and trade for the first time since it was closed three years ago.