Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, met with Russian Particular Envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev in the present day, giving the 2 a chance to debate steps to be taken for a political resolution in Syria.
In line with the state-run Saudi Press Company (SPA), Lavrentiev arrived in Riyadh and “conveyed the greetings of [Russian] President, Vladimir Putin, to His Royal Highness, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, whereas [bin Salman] conveyed his greetings to [Putin]”.
Bin Salman and Lavrentiev primarily mentioned the continuing makes an attempt to discover a political resolution for Syria, which has been present process over a decade of civil battle and overseas army intervention. Additionally they mentioned bilateral ties between Riyadh and Moscow.
Different Saudi and Russian ministers attended the assembly with them, together with Dr Musaed bin Muhammad Al-Aiban, the Saudi Minister of State and Nationwide Safety Adviser, and Khalid bin Ali Al-Humaidan, the Chief of Basic Intelligence.
Though it has not but been revealed what precisely was said within the assembly, it notably befell solely a day after Iranian President, Ebrahim Raisi, started a two-day journey to Moscow through which he introduced up the scenario in Syria in addition to praising and emphasising “counter-terrorism” cooperation with Russia within the nation.
Saudi Arabia has not been concerned within the Syrian battle and peace course of for a number of years, and was one of many nations within the area which reduce diplomatic ties with the regime of Bashar Al-Assad following the beginning of the Syrian revolution in 2011 and the brutal crackdown on peaceable protestors.
However because the Syrian opposition teams had been pushed additional north and Assad regained management of a lot of his former territory with the assistance of Russia and Iran, some states within the area have restored their relations with the regime.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) re-established its embassy in Damascus in 2018, and Oman reappointed its envoy to Syria in 2020. Riyadh’s stance with regard to Syria has been difficult, although, as the dominion has avoided restoring ties with Assad and solely said that it was too early to take action.
That modified in Might final 12 months, when a Saudi delegation visited Damascus to satisfy with Assad for plans to re-open its embassy within the Syrian capital, which was then adopted by a Syrian delegation visiting the Kingdom for the primary time in a decade.