Qatar sees no need to re-open embassy in Syria: foreign minister


FILE - Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, pictured in Doha, Nov. 26, 2016, ...
FILE - Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, pictured in Doha, Nov. 26, 2016, recently discussed improving relations with Iran with his counterpart in the Tehran government, according to the Qatari foreign ministry's information office.

In Summary

  • Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani also said Qatar still objects to Arab League membership for Syria.
  • Syria’s membership of the Arab League was suspended in 2011 over the government’s violent response to protests at the start of what turned out to be an almost eight-year war.

Qatar’s foreign minister said on Monday that he saw no need to re-open an embassy in Damascus, nor any encouraging signs for a normalisation of ties with the Syrian government.

Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani also said Qatar still objects to Arab League membership for Syria.

Syria’s membership of the Arab League was suspended in 2011 over the government’s violent response to protests at the start of what turned out to be an almost eight-year war.

Some Arab states, including some that once backed rebels against President Bashar al-Assad, are seeking to reconcile with him after decisive gains by his and allied forces in the war.

“Since day one Qatar had reasons for which it supported suspending (Arab League) membership and those reasons are still there, so we do not see any encouraging factor,” Al Thani said at a press conference.

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