Saudi Arabia said on Monday it was too early to restore diplomatic ties with Syria or reinstate Damascus to the Arab League without progress on a political process to end the eight-year-old war.
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“This (reopening the embassy) is related to progress on the political process, so it is still early,” Al Jubeir told a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
The UAE reopened its embassy in Damascus in December in a bid to re-engage and rebuild Arab influence in Syria.
Al Assad has recovered control of most of Syria with support from Russia, Iran and Iranian-backed Shiite Muslim groups such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
Asked whether Riyadh would assist in reconstruction of Syria, Al Jubeir said: “Reconstruction cannot happen until the war is over and there is stability and security in Syria.”
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