Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has on Friday arrived in the United Arab Emirates, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.
According to SANA, Assad met with Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the ruler of Dubai.
During the meeting, the two discussed expanding bilateral relations between their countries.
The UAE’s state-run WAM news agency said the country’s de facto ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan also welcomed Syria’s Bashar al-Assad to his palace in Abu Dhabi.
At the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed expressed his hope that “this visit would be the beginning of peace and stability for Syria and the entire region.”
Syria has been cultivating diplomatic ties to many members of the Arab League recently, now that even those governments previously opposed to Damascus have had to accept the victory of the Syrian Arab Republic in the country’s conflict.