The United States confirmed that it does not support the efforts of some Arab countries to normalize relations with the Syrian government, warning that “friends should pay attention to the messages they send” to Damascus.
US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, commented during a joint press conference in Washington with his Qatari counterpart, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, on the recent visit of the UAE Foreign Minister, Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to Syria.
In response to a question about the position of the United States on the efforts of some of its allies to normalize relations with the authorities in Damascus, Blinken said: “We are concerned about the messages carried by some of these visits and contacts.”
He continued, “We do not support normalization, and we would like to stress that our friends and allies should pay attention to the messages they send.”
In the same context, Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani announced that Doha is not considering, at the current stage, the possibility of normalizing its relations with the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Al-Thani said, during a joint press conference held in Washington today, Friday, with his American counterpart, Anthony Blinken, that it is necessary to “hold the Assad regime accountable for its crimes.”
The Qatari minister expressed his hope that “other countries will refrain from further steps” to normalize relations with the Syrian government.
On November 9, the UAE Foreign Minister, Abdullah bin Zayed, visited Damascus, where he held talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
This comes after the UAE opposed the implementation of the “Caesar Act” by the United States last year, under which new sanctions were imposed on Syria.