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.


“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 TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated 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 MattisOnly Donald Trump has a policy for Afghanistan New Pentagon report blames Trump troop withdrawal for ISIS surge in Iraq and Syria Mattis returns to board of General Dynamics MORE and Brett McGurk, the administration's top envoy to anti-ISIS coalition forces.