Bashar al-Assad to attend Arab summit for first time in years

MENA

Published: 2023-05-17 12:24

Last Updated: 2024-07-04 16:38


Bashar al-Assad to attend Arab summit for first time in years
Bashar al-Assad to attend Arab summit for first time in years

As the preparatory meetings for the 32nd regular session of the Arab Summit at the ministerial and delegate level commence, a source said that the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is expected to attend the summit in Jeddah.

Syria has received an official invitation to participate in the upcoming Arab Summit, scheduled to take place in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, on May 19.

President Bashar al-Assad received a personal invitation from King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, to join the 32nd session of the Arab League Council meeting at the summit level.

An Arab official has confirmed that President Bashar al-Assad will engage in bilateral and multilateral meetings with Arab leaders on the sidelines of the summit, in which King Abdullah II of Jordan will also participate.

Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal al-Miqdad, en route to Jeddah, expressed that their country's participation in the summit presents a fresh opportunity for Damascus to convey to Arab nations their forward-looking approach, emphasizing their focus on the future rather than dwelling on the past.

After a twelve-year freeze on Syria's membership, the Arab League recently decided to reinstate the country's position, which was initially granted to a broad opposition coalition before the 2011 Doha summit.