Algeria Summit: Will it resolve the hesitant opinion of Syria's return to the Arab League?

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Afrasianet - Recent days have witnessed statements and meetings of officials from Arab countries with Syrian officials, which carried implicit messages, all of which took place within the framework of the normalization of relations again with the Syrian Arab Republic.

Everyone has come to believe that there is no alternative to dealing with Damascus, for example Jordan, Egypt, Iraq and Algeria, which will not accept the convening of an Arab summit on their soil without the presence of Syria within it, and thus its return to the League of Arab States.

The Iraqi Foreign Minister, Fouad Hussein, had confirmed his country's work to return Syria to its seat in the Arab League, on the sidelines of his meeting with his Syrian counterpart, Faisal Miqdad, during the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Last week, Miqdad met his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry, on the sidelines of the same meetings, where they reviewed the relations between the two countries and the developments of the Syrian crisis, which reflects the Egyptian openness to this approach. Miqdad's meeting with Shoukry came a day after the first meeting with his Jordanian counterpart, Ayman Safadi, in the same international forum.

The Arab foreign ministers suspended Syria’s membership in the Arab League, after an emergency meeting was held in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, in November 2011.

For more than two years, there has been a movement calling for Syria’s return to the Arab League and renewed talk of Syria’s return to the Arab League; Following media reports that secret meetings were recently held between Saudi and Syrian officials in preparation for the restoration of diplomatic relations between the two countries, after the Saudi-Iranian talks were revealed in Baghdad, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stated that his country wanted to establish distinguished relations with Iran.

What does Egypt want from the normalization of Syrian-Jordanian relations? Egyptian political efforts are heading towards ending the Syrian crisis. Aborting projects to divide the country.

And Egypt's diplomatic presence. Through a meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad in New York. On the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly sessions.

It has great significance. A step that has its own strategic calculations. Not only because it is the first meeting that brings the two sides together, after nearly a decade of severing relations.

Since the announcement of the freezing of Syria's membership in the Arab League. It is also due to the importance that Egypt posses from several geostrategic aspects. Egypt may have many political comments on the performance of the Damascus government.

But it rejects the outcomes that Syria has reached. Represented by the emergence of militia blocs aimed at partition. Cairo is keen on geographical and political unity, and the maintenance of national borders for all Arab countries. for reasons of national security.

Therefore, it sees the normalization of Syrian-Jordanian relations as an opportunity to rehabilitate the Damascus government on new foundations. While creating all opportunities for Syrians, from different national, religious, ethnic and racial backgrounds, to live their lives normally.”

The issue of Syria's return to the Arab League has returned to the discussion table at a time when Algeria is preparing to organize the 31st summit next October, amid increasing tensions at the Arab and regional levels and a decline in the level of Arab coordination to resolve strategic issues, especially in light of the situation in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.

In this context, the Algerian Foreign Minister, Ramtane Lamamra, said in a statement that Syria is an essential topic in the preparations for the upcoming Arab summit, stressing during a press conference in the capital Algiers that Syria’s sitting on its seat in the Arab League would be an advanced step in the process of reunification and overcoming internal difficulties. He added, "There are those who believe that Syria's return to the Arab League is a positive thing, and Algeria is with this opinion."

Algerian efforts coincide with Russian efforts to return Damascus to the League and fill the seat that Damascus has left since 2011, while many Arab countries support Syria's return to the League after the end of the war and an attempt to restore relations with Damascus. Will the next summit succeed in achieving this? We believe that it is time to get out of the bottleneck and go on the right path.


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