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Assad invited to attend 33rd Arab League Summit next month

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and visiting Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani on Sunday discussed preparations for the upcoming Arab summit, Syria’s state news agency SANA reported.

During the meeting in Damascus, al-Assad and Al Zayani, the first Bahraini official to visit Syria in 13 years, touched upon key topics on the agenda of the upcoming Arab summit, scheduled on May 16 in the Bahraini capital Manama.

Both sides underscored the significance of addressing issues of common Arab interests and bolstering collective efforts to tackle prevailing challenges in the region.

Before the meeting with al-Assad, Al Zayani discussed with his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad the ongoing preparations for the 33rd Arab League Summit, emphasizing the summit’s role in boosting joint Arab endeavors and enhancing Arab capabilities in confronting diverse challenges.

Al Zayani’s visit came as al-Assad recently received an official invitation from King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain to participate in the summit.

Bahrain became the second Arab country, following the United Arab Emirates, to reopen its embassy in Damascus in 2018.

Last May, the Arab League readmitted Syria after more than a decade of the suspension of its membership in the pan-Arab body.

Famagusta Gazette