YEMEN Press Agency

Time of reopening the Saudi embassy in Damascus revealed

SANAA, Jan. 8 (YPA) – The British newspaper Telegraph has revealed the date that Saudi Arabia will reopen its embassy in the Syrian capital Damascus, which coincided with the return of relations between Syria, the UAE and Bahrain.

In a report titled “All Roads lead to Damascus,” the British newspaper reported on Monday that “Saudi Arabia will provide for the restoration of its relations with Syria and the opening of its embassy in Damascus early this year, 2019, or at the very midpoint.”

“This step from Saudi Arabia, the strongest country in the region opposed to Bashar al-Assad, will give the Syrian president unprecedented legitimacy and, for him, this will represent a new era, after nearly eight years of war and destruction,” the paper said.

“Everything was planned, starting with the visit of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to Damascus last month, and the ensuing opening of the UAE Embassy as well as Bahrain,” the Telegraph quoted British analyst Danny Makki as saying.

“My sources in Damascus confirm to me that Saudi Arabia will be making this move sometime this year, and it may be at the beginning, or the middle of it,” he said.

The newspaper, Rai al-Youm, claimed that the Saudi authorities had taken a number of measures against the Syrian opposition on its territory, giving an indication of the imminent return of its relations with the Syrian government.

The newspaper claimed last Thursday that “Saudi Arabia has told Syrian opponents to remove opposition flags from the kingdom’s territory and to raise the flags of the Syrian state instead.”