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Abu Dhabi Crown Prince holds phone call with Syrian president

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Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan speaks as he meets Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson at number 10 Downing Street in central London, on September 16, 2021.
HANNAH MCKAY / POOL / AFPMohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan speaks as he meets Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson at number 10 Downing Street in central London, on September 16, 2021.

The two discussed developments in Syria and the Middle East

Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates, held discussions with Syria's president Bashar al-Assad via phone call on Wednesday. 

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The two discussed developments in Syria and the Middle East, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported. 

Assad's office claimed they also discussed mutual relations and ways of strengthening them, as well as expanding cooperation and regional and international affairs, The Washington Post reported.

The UAE reopened its embassy in Damascus, Syria in December of 2018 to attempt to counter the influence of countries such as Iran. 

US allies have begun restoring ties with Assad, who was shunned after a crackdown on peaceful protests in 2011 led to more than ten years of bloody civil war. 

Jordan reopened its border crossing with Syria in late September, in an attempt to boost the countries' struggling economies. 

Recently, Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was invited to make his first official visit to the UAE, the invitation extended by the Emirati ambassador during his visit to Israel.