The first Gulf country to officially appoint an “extraordinary ambassador” to Syria

On Sunday, Syria announced the appointment of the first ambassador to a Gulf state, since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in 2011, when most Arab countries severed their relations with Damascus.

The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a post on its Facebook page that “Foreign Minister Walid al Muallem received Mahmoud al Busaidi and received from him a copy of his credentials as the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to the Syrian Arab Republic.

It is noteworthy that the UAE and Bahrain were the first two Arab countries to reopen their embassies in Damascus at the end of 2018, but the two countries placed the position of “acting ambassador” without naming an “ambassador”.

It is worth noting that the Sultanate of Oman has adopted an independent policy with regard to the relationship with Syria, as the official exchanged visits between officials of the two sides have been repeated several times, without any severing of relations between them.