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Omani Foreign Minister visits Syria for talks

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Oman, Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamood Al Busaidi (R) meets with Syria's Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad in the Omani capital Muscat, 21 March 2021 [MOHAMMED MAHJOUB/AFP/Getty Images]
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Oman, Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamood Al-Busaidi (R) meets with Syria's Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad in the Omani capital Muscat, 21 March 2021 [MOHAMMED MAHJOUB/AFP/Getty Images]

Omani Foreign Minister, Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al-Busaidi, arrived in Damascus on Monday for talks with Syrian regime officials, Anadolu News Agency reports.

The chief Omani diplomat was welcomed by his Syrian counterpart, Faisal Mekdad, upon arrival at Damascus International Airport, the state news agency, SANA, reported.

"Relations between our two brotherly countries have not been interrupted. The Sultanate of Oman has stood by Syria in its war against terrorism," SANA quoted Mekdad as saying.

Al-Busaidi, for his part, said he will hold talks with Syrian officials "to further consolidate bilateral relations and Arab cooperation."

No further details were provided about the Omani Minister's visit.

In 2012, Oman and Bahrain lowered their diplomatic representation in Syria in response to the Bashar Al-Assad regime's brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protests that erupted in 2011, while countries like the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait cut ties with the regime.

Oman, however, returned its ambassador to Damascus on 5 October, 2020.

In 2021, normalisation steps with the Syrian regime have been accelerated by several Arab countries, including Egypt, Jordan, the UAE and Bahrain.

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