The Presidency of the Syrian regime announced that Bashar al-Assad went today, Thursday, to the Saudi city of Jeddah to participate in the Arab summit meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, in a participation that will be his first since 2011 with the outbreak of popular protests against the regime.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Syrian regime, Faisal al-Miqdad, arrived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, last Monday, along with a delegation from the government of the regime, which included Minister of Information Boutros al-Hallaq, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Soussan, and Director of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Jamal Najib, to participate in the preparatory meetings for the Arab summit. .
On the tenth of May, the Saudi ambassador to Jordan, Nayef Al-Sudairi, conveyed an invitation to the head of the regime, Bashar Al-Assad, from Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, to participate in the 32nd session of the Arab League Council meeting at the summit level, which will be held in Jeddah.
In its closing statement of the meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo on May 3, the Council of the League of Arab States announced the resumption of the participation of delegations of the Syrian regime in its meetings, more than ten years after the suspension of Syria’s membership in the Council.
Yesterday, Wednesday, the US State Department renewed its affirmation of “not normalizing relations with the Assad regime,” declaring that it “never supports the normalization of others with the regime,” stressing that “Syria does not deserve to return to the Arab League,” and that Washington “raised this issue.” The point is with regional partners.”
In addition, the editorial of the “Financial Times” (British) newspaper said that the re-admission of the Syrian regime to the League of Arab States sends a “chilling message to the victims of the regime,” adding: “When Bashar al-Assad sits on his chair allocated to him at the Arab summit, it will be a sad day.” Arab diplomacy, and sends a message to the victims of the regime’s atrocities, that Bashar al-Assad can continue to act with impunity.”
The newspaper considered that “al-Assad got a reward without making concessions preceded by it, to alleviate the suffering of the Syrians,” noting that “the decision to re-admit the Syrian regime to the Arab League grants an unnecessary and unjustified diplomatic victory” to the war criminal and his accomplices in crime.