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    Arab League Accepts Syrian Membership After 12-Year Suspension

    May 8, 2023
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    On Sunday, after a 12-year suspension, the foreign ministers of the Arab League member states agreed to accept Syria for membership.

    Ministers for the group voted on Sunday at the League's Cairo headquarters to reinstate Syria's membership ahead of the Arab League Summit that will be held in Saudi Arabia on May 19.

    The acceptance of Syria back into the Arab fold comes after Damascus and Riyadh agreed to reopen their respective embassies in March, which came on the heels of the China-brokered Saudi-Iran rapprochement.

    An analyst who has recently reconciled with Damascus after defecting to the Syrian opposition in 2011, said of the normalization of diplomatic relations, "The prevailing attitude can be defined as, 'times have changed the Arab Spring is history and the region is transitioning towards a new future, with new geopolitical characteristics.'"

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    The Arab League along with several countries in the region, severed ties with Syria in 2011 when conflict broke out across the country. Other nations in the area including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Qatar assisted the U.S. in spearheading an attempted regime change in Damascus. Meanwhile, Iran and Russia aided Syria in a war that resulted in hundreds of thousands of casualties and destroyed much of the country.

    Syrian leader Bashir al-Assad has emerged from the war as the country's leader and now the same nations that assisted the U.S. regime change efforts are forced to welcome Damascus back into the fold given Syria's centrality in the regional order, according to Zerohedge.

    Meanwhile, the U.S. and Israel are highly concerned over the recent normalization of relations between Damascus and its neighbors.

    Despite extensive U.S. sanctions, global support poured in after the devastating earthquake that struck Syria and Turkey in February. The hastening of normalization efforts also occurred as a result of the tragedy.



    Jen Snow

    Jen Snow is a former paralegal turned freelance writer who has a passion for foreign affairs. When not writing, she can be found curled up with her dog and a good book or outside playing in the Florida sun.
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