Assad gets a warm welcome in Saudi Arabia after 12 years in the cold

For more than a decade, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been ‘persona non grata’ in the Arab League, but on Friday he is back among the leaders of the Arab countries at the association’s summit in Saudi Arabia.

Here, Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, welcomed him in his opening speech. This is written by the AFP news agency.

“Today we welcome the presence of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, at this summit”, says bin Salman.

The Crown Prince adds that he hopes that Assad’s return to the Arab League will bring about “stability” in Syria.

Earlier in May, the Arab League announced that it would allow the president of Syria to be part of the association again.

After the Arab Spring in 2011, the Syrian regime led by Assad was otherwise suspended from the Arab League due to the regime’s brutal treatment of the citizens who rebelled against the regime. Since the spring of 2011, the country has been ravaged by civil war.


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