Syria and Tunisia restore diplomatic ties after a decade
BEIRUT (AP) – Syria will reopen its embassy in Tunisia after the North African country announced the appointment of a new ambassador to Damascus, Syrian state media reported on Wednesday.
Tunisia is the latest Arab state to resume diplomatic ties with Syria after cutting ties a decade ago.
Tunisian President Kais Saied’s move to appoint a new ambassador was immediately approved and reciprocated by the Syrian government, according to a joint statement by the two countries’ foreign ministries, according to Syrian state news agency SANA.
The announcement is the latest step in a regional trend of rapprochement with the war-torn country, which has been gaining momentum since the deadly February 6 earthquake in Syria and Turkey and the China-brokered restoration of Saudi Arabia-Iran ties and the winner is.
Syria has been largely shunned by Arab governments over Syrian President Bashar Assad’s brutal crackdown on protesters and later civilians in a civil war that began in 2011. The breakdown in relations culminated in Syria being ousted from the Arab League. Tunis closed its embassy in Damascus in 2012.
Saudi Arabia is hosting the next Arab League summit in May, where most states hope to restore Syria’s membership, said the League’s secretary-general, Ahmed Aboul Gheit.
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