Syria regime allows imports from Saudi Arabia after decade of suspension

A view of a market in Idlib, Syria on February 15, 2021 [Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency]

The Syrian regime has reportedly agreed to allow the import of goods from Saudi Arabia after a decade-long trade suspension, amid reports of increasing reconciliatory relations between the two Arab nations. According to the Arabi 21 news outlet, the Bashar al-Assad regime's ministry of foreign affairs and expatriates agreed to allow the import of materials manufactured in Saudi Arabia, primarily that of sugar and petrochemicals. The outlet cited a document published by official regime pages, which shows the approval of the import of 10,000 tons of sugar from the kingdom. Over the past few years, there has been much speculation that Riyadh is considering restoring full ties with Damascus, a decade after the Assad regime's brutal crackdown on peaceful protests and the […] Source

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