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Syria’s Assad calls on Jordan’s king amid the thaw in relations


Jordan’s King Abdullah II received a call from Syrian President Bashar Assad

AMMAN, Jordan – Jordan’s King Abdullah II received a phone call from Syrian President Bashar Assad on Sunday, the first conversation between the two leaders after a decade of tension over Syria’s civil war.

The appeal comes as part of efforts to strengthen cooperation between the two countries, which are facing difficult economic conditions.

The Jordanian royal court said the leaders discussed relations between the “brotherly countries and ways to strengthen cooperation between them.”

Abdullah affirmed his country’s support for “efforts aimed at preserving the sovereignty, stability, territorial integrity and people of Syria”.

Syria’s state-run SANA news agency said Assad called on Abdullah to discuss bilateral ties and “strengthen cooperation for the benefit of the two countries and the people.”

The call is part of a new thaw in relations between the two neighbors after the Syrian civil war. Syria faces sanctions imposed by the United States and many Western countries.

Arab and Western countries have generally blamed Assad for the murderous crackdown on protests that erupted in 2011 and supported the opposition at the start of the conflict, which displaced and killed millions of people.

The course of the war has changed since the end of 2015, as Russia threw its military weight behind Assad.

The Syrian Minister of Defense visited Jordan at the end of last month. A 10-year-old deal to transport Egyptian natural gas through Jordan, Syria and Lebanon was also relaunched in September.

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