Decidedly, Algiers is sparing no effort for the return of Syria to Arab rule. Traveling to Damascus, Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra met his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad on July 25, as well as President Bashar al-Assad.
During a joint press conference, the head of Algerian diplomacy reiterated his support for the return of Syria in the Arab League, claiming that his absence was “detrimental to the common Arab work”. Wanting to be optimistic, he also added that “many Arab officials are going to Damascus and meeting Syrian officials”. Indeed, the Arab countries are slowly taking the road to Damascus.
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Jordan has reopened its northern border, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited Syria in November 2021, the Saudis are unofficially making contact via intelligence services, Bahrain has returned a ambassador in December 2021 and Egypt multiplies the declarations favorable to a return of Syria within the Arab League.
Syria is thus becoming more and more popular in the eyes of its Arab and could find his vacant seat. After the repression of the protest against the regime, Damascus was suspended from the regional organization in November 2011.
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Contrary to that of certain Gulf countries, Algiers’ attitude towards Syria is not new. On July 5, the head of Syrian diplomacy Faisal Mekdad had been invited to Algeria on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of independence.
A dream opportunity to meet several Arab and African delegations. On this occasion, the Tunisian President, Kaïs Saïed, also sent a message of greetings to his Syrian counterpart via the diplomat. In addition, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune had already suggested in November that Bashar al-Assad could return to the regional organization. “Syria is supposed to be there,” he said then.