Bahrain says work in Syria embassy 'continuing': BNA

Reuters , Friday 28 Dec 2018

Bahrain’s embassy in Damascus and the Syrian diplomatic mission in Manama have been operating “without interruption”, the Bahraini foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday, a day after the United Arab Emirates reopened its embassy in Syria.

“The Kingdom of Bahrain has announced that work is continuing at its embassy in the brotherly Arab Republic of Syria,” a statement carried by the state news agency BNA said.

The reopening of the UAE’s mission was a diplomatic boost for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The embassy had been shut since the early months of Syria’s conflict nearly eight years ago.

The statement said it was important that Arab states work to prevent any regional interference in Syria’s internal affairs, to help consolidate security and stability in the country.

BNA said flights had been operating between Bahrain and Syria without interruption, although it did not say whether that had been the case throughout the war.

Other Gulf and Arab states are expected to shift their positions and normalize ties with Assad’s government as concerns grow about Iran’s influence in the region.

Syria’s membership of the Arab League was suspended seven years ago.

*The story has been edited by Ahram Online

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