Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will attend his first Arab League summit in 13 years, marking a significant step towards regional reintegration after more than a decade of war. The summit, hosted by Saudi Arabia, will take place on Friday, and Assad’s attendance has been confirmed by his foreign minister.
Assad’s return to the pan-Arab body has been championed by Saudi Arabia, despite objections from other regional leaders. The move is seen as a significant shift in the region’s politics, as Assad was expelled from the Arab League in 2011 following the outbreak of the Syrian civil war.
The war, which has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions, has been a major source of tension in the Middle East. Assad’s attendance at the summit is seen as a sign that the region is moving towards reconciliation and a renewed focus on regional cooperation.
The decision to invite Assad to the summit has been met with mixed reactions. Some leaders have welcomed the move as a step towards ending the conflict in Syria, while others have criticized it as a betrayal of the Syrian people.
Saudi Arabia’s decision to invite Assad has been seen as a reflection of its changing priorities in the region. The kingdom has been seeking to improve its relations with Syria in recent years, as part of a broader effort to counter Iranian influence in the region.
Assad’s attendance at the summit is likely to be a major topic of discussion, as leaders from across the Arab world gather to discuss regional issues. The summit will also provide an opportunity for leaders to discuss the ongoing conflict in Yemen, as well as other regional challenges such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the crisis in Libya.
Assad’s attendance at the Arab League summit marks a significant shift in the region’s politics. While some may view it as a controversial move, it is a sign that the region is moving towards greater cooperation and reconciliation. As leaders gather to discuss the challenges facing the Arab world, the hope is that this renewed focus on regional cooperation will help to bring an end to the conflicts that have plagued the region for far too long.