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Saudi Arabia says it is too early to restore ties with Syria

By: Paige Hubbard 

Saudi Arabia announced on Monday that it is “too early” to restore diplomatic relationships with Syria.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir told the media at a joint press conference with his Russian colleague Sergey Lavrov in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

Adel al-Jubeir also went on to say Saudi will not take any part in the reconstruction efforts in Syria without progress on the political process to end the country’s eight-year-old war.

Riyadh closed its embassy in the Syrian capital, Damascus, and pulled out its diplomats and staff in March 2012.

“The kingdom has always been keen on the integrity of the Syrian territory and the political solution,” said al-Jubeir in A press conference.

 

In 2011 Syria was suspended from the pan-Arab body. There were hit with sanctions in result to Assad’s brutal crackdown.

Such events caused the country’s ongoing civil war, this in result has killed hundreds of thousands of people and left more than 11 million displaced.

The United States, backed by Saudi Arabia, is lobbying the other Gulf States to hold off on rehabilitating Syria, sources told Reuters earlier this month.

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