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Sudan Pres. becomes first Arab League Leader to visit Syria since 2011

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on December 16, 2018 shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad receiving his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir upon his arrival at the airport in the Syrian capital Damascus. (Photo by AFP)

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has visited Syria in the first such move by an Arab leader since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011.

The visit has been interpreted as a thaw in relations between Syria and other Arab countries. Under the influence of Persian Gulf monarchies, the Arab League suspended Syria's membership at the end of 2011. Some reports now say Arab countries are trying to revive their ties with Syria as the war against the foreign-backed terrorists winds down. Regional and international media have widely discussed the news.

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