Greece and Cyrus are preparing to reopen their embassies in Damascus, according to reports, breaking the consensus among European countries that a diplomatic boycott of the Syrian regime should be maintained.
The Cypriot Foreign Ministry on Monday confirmed the reopening of the Syrian embassy.
He followed a report by the Greek City Times earlier that day that Cypriot officials signed an agreement with the Syrian Bar Association to rent a property in western Damascus for a new embassy.
Accompanying photos of the article showed Cypriot Charge d’Affaires Sivak Avedissia and President of Bar Firas Fares meeting in Damascus to sign the lease.
Earlier this week, Syrian journalist Sara Salloum posted an image on Twitter showing Greek and EU flags hoisted outside a besieged building in Damascus.
Salloum added that Greece was preparing to reopen its embassy within weeks.
New Arabia has asked the Greek embassy in London for clarification on the issue but has not yet received a response.
Greece and Cyprus have both stated their intentions to restore ties with the Syrian regime, despite a general boycott by Damascus EU countries over its horrific human rights abuses.
Greece announced in May 2020 its intention to reopen its embassy, but the coronavirus epidemic has reportedly blocked plans.
Cyprus maintained economic ties with the Syrian regime despite the withdrawal of its ambassador from Damascus in 2012, according to sources.
Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have re-established ties with Syria despite a diplomatic boycott of the regime by the Arab League.
Reports suggest that Saudi Arabia may also normalize relations with the Syrian regime, following the reported visit of an intelligence chief to Damascus and attendance at a conference in Riyadh by the Syrian tourism minister last month. /ibna