Saudi foreign ministry denies opening embassy in Damascus

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Saudi Arabia denied on Monday alleged reports circulated by news websites that it has opened an embassy in Damascus.

An official source at the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied the alleged reports, affirming that this statement is completely untrue and baseless, according to Saudi Press Agency.

The official was referring to what has been circulated by some websites on a statement attributed to Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, on opening a Saudi Arabia’s embassy in the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Last month, the United Arab Emirates announced that it will reopen its embassy in Damascus. The embassy has been shut since the early months of Syria’s conflict, which erupted in 2011. Bahrain also announced in late December that work is continuing at its embassy in Syria and that flights have also continued without any interruption between the two countries.

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