US ally UAE reopens embassy in Syria

The United Arab Emirates, a key ally to the U.S. in the Middle East, reopened its embassy in Syria, handing a key victory to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Reuters reported that the UAE's embassy in Damascus reopened Thursday as the UAE seeks closer diplomatic ties with Assad's government.

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“The UAE decision … came after a conviction that the next stage requires the Arab presence and communication in the Syrian file,” Anwar Gargash, the UAE's foreign minister tweeted, according to Reuters.

Anti-Assad insurgents make up a minority in Syria, particularly in the northwest territory near the country's border with Turkey, Reuters noted.

Assad's forces have retaken most of the territory in the country, according to Reuters, and Assad is actively seeking the resumption of diplomatic ties with nearby nations.

Reuters reported that a Syrian passenger jet flew safely between Syria and Tunisia for the first time in almost eight years on Thursday, a sign of the country's stabilizing security situation.

The news follows a week after President TrumpDonald John TrumpDC board rejects Trump Hotel effort to dismiss complaint seeking removal of liquor license on basis of Trump's 'character' DC board rejects Trump Hotel effort to dismiss complaint seeking removal of liquor license on basis of Trump's 'character' Mexico's immigration chief resigns amid US pressure over migrants MORE announced that his administration would begin withdrawing U.S. forces stationed in Syria, declaring victory over the terror group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

The move was widely credited with the resignations of Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisTop nuclear official quietly left Pentagon in April Top nuclear official quietly left Pentagon in April Overnight Defense: Pompeo blames Iran for oil tanker attacks | House panel approves 3B defense bill | Trump shares designs for red, white and blue Air Force One MORE and Brett McGurk, the administration's top envoy to anti-ISIS coalition forces.