The Syrian government has reached a “major understanding” with hostile Arab states, President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday, after receiving delegates from Gulf and Western countries over the past few months.

In an exclusive interview with Kuwait’s Al-Shahed newspaper on Wednesday, his first with a Gulf media outlet since 2011, Assad suggested relations with hostile regional powers are gradually improving and could be normalized, as the Syrian Army continues to reclaim territory in the war-torn country.

Meanwhile, commenting on the Syria crisis in an interview with Al-Arabiya, Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said the Arab League should seek to “reclaim” a role in the matter.

“Syria is an Arab country. Its people are Arabs and what happens there concerns us before any other nation. It is not correct that regional and international countries are looking into the Syrian issue and not us,” Bahrain’s foreign minister said.

Syria was suspended from the Arab League in late 2011, as Gulf states ramped up their efforts to oust Assad’s government as part of their battle for regional dominance with Iran.

However, some Gulf states, including Oman, and to a lesser extent, Bahrain, have maintained amicable relations with the Syrian government.

Now, with Damascus setting about nationwide post-war reconstruction, some Syrian government officials have suggested Saudi Arabia and its regional allies should pay billions of dollars in reparations to Syria.

 

 

Sources: Al-Shahed, Sputnik

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Balderdash
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The promised benefits to the Gulf States and other ‘allied’ Arab nations, for assisting the West to destroy Syria, haven’t been forthcoming. They’ve borne most of the cost,and taken most of the blame in the Moslem world. And now the West is treating them as ‘the losers’ who couldn’t do what was ‘needed’.

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Nestor Arapa

Muy de acuerdo con la demanda que emprenda el presidente Sirio sobre las reparaciones civiles por actos terroristas realizados por sus patrocinados, dañaron infraestructuras, asesinaron civiles y el bloqueo económico que sufrió Siria.

Daeshbags-Sux
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“some Syrian government officials have suggested Saudi Arabia and its regional allies should pay billions of dollars in reparations to Syria.”
=> Qatar and Turkey should even be more charged, nevertheless, I fully agree!

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johnny was

expect nothing less from thieving arabs

Daeshbags-Sux
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Syria is not an Arab country!
Syrians are
#1 Arameans (majority) = ethnic Jews (!)
#2 Assyrians
#3 Kurds
Syria was conquered by 7th century ISIS and forced into Islamisation and Arabisation by the sword, it doesn’t makes Syrian being Arabs. Arabs are a small minority.

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What a load of bs! l**o @ “ethnic” Jews. You can’t be an ethnic Jew. No such thing as Jewish blood/ethnicity. It’s a religion. Then there are ethnic Christians and ethnic Muslims if we follow your logic lol. Syrians are Arabs mostly. They identify mostly as Arabs. They are Arabs. Who are you to tell Syrians that they aren’t Arabs?? Also, Kurds are not Syrians. They are a Kurdish ethnic minority inside of Syria! 7th century ISIS? lol! Vast majority of Syrians accepted Islam, it wasn’t imposed on them fyi. You obviously have no clue about the history or culture… Read more »

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Laura Green

Kurds ,same as israelis are tribes , not a nation.

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Nestor Arapa

En Siria existen ciudades cristianas, incluso Jesús hablaba Arameo.

ErdoGollum
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Near everybody spoke Aramaic. The kingdom of Aram was populated by Jews who became the 1st Jesus’ followers.

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Nope. Jews are a people. There are well known atheist Jews, e.g. Marx, Lenin, Trotsky, Woody Allen, some well known Christian Jews : Jesus, Marcel Dassault… When “Muhammad’s Army” invaded the Aleppo province in 636AD, acting EXACTLY in the ISIS style, if not wort, they killed all the males and used women as wives/sëx-slaves… As you said, to be Jew, you need your mother to be Jew, so mostly all their children were… Jews as their mothers were Arameans! Syria was long called the kingdom of Aram, BTW, Jesus spoke in Aramaic, not in Hebrew. Damascus was founded by Aram,… Read more »

Balderdash
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Syria is a muslim state – with a veneer of Baathist – pan Arab- modernity.

ErdoGollum
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Syria is the oldest Christian country on Earth.
Islam was forced on her by the sword, as anywhere else, so was the Arab language! From Galilee to the Euphrates, everybody used to speak Aramaic AKA Syriac!
Islam destroyed Syrian civilisation as many others.

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Nestor Arapa

En eso tienes razón.

freegypsyman
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1. In general, Judaism and its people the Jews, is derived from the existence of a specific religion and its believers, not as an term regarding the ethnicy.

2. Jews are only considered as Jews, in cases where the mother is a Jew according the Tora and the Talmud.

3. Because of the fact no. 2, for example Jews from Eastern Europe are not considered as Jews from orthodox Tora-based Jews, because many of them can not provide evidence of the status of the mother and are rejected.

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freegypsyman : it’s the contrary : Jews and their religion Judaism… But you have many secular/atheist Jews, and also Christian, Buddhist and even Muslim ones… Actually, you see things from Rabbis’ POV. The state of Israel sees things differently : you can prove your descent through lineage, but DNA markers or convertng to Judaism are OK too, then you can get Israeli nationality for sure, except for Meyer Lansky who was refused… You know, the guy who said “nothing personal, it’s just business” while managing Cosa Nostra’s money. And there are non Jew Israelis too : 22% of Arabs. Most… Read more »