DOHA: Qatar’s overseas minister dominated out on Monday the possibility of re-commencing an embassy in Damascus, in step with a few other Gulf countries, calling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a struggle criminal.

“Normalisation (of relations) with the Syrian regime at this stage is the normalisation of someone involved in struggle crimes, and this ought to not be applicable,” stated Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani at a Doha press convention.

Al-Thani stated the reasons why Assad — who turned into elected unopposed in 2000 and has stayed in electricity at some stage in nearly 8 years of civil war— became excluded from the international network are still in vicinity.

He brought that Damascus below Assad ought to now not be allowed back into the Arab League — its club changed into suspended in 2011 — as “the Syrian human beings are nonetheless underneath bombardment… by way of the Syrian regime”.

His feedback come after Gulf neighbours the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain announced late remaining month they reopened their Damascus embassies.

The UAE’s foreign minister Anwar Gargash tweeted that his usa turned into doing so in element because of the affect of Iran and one of Qatar’s most powerful allies, Turkey, in Syria.

Tehran has been a staunch supporter of Assad’s government and has improved its military footprint in Syria in the course of the course of the warfare.

That circulate also emphasised the foreign coverage variations between the three Gulf states.

For the beyond 19 months Qatar has been in a deep diplomatic dispute with the UAE and Bahrain, in element over the path of Doha’s regional overseas policy in latest years.

Qatar has been instrumental inside the Syrian civil war supplying guns to riot businesses, in line with institutions along with the Stockholm global Peace research Institute.

Syria’s competition chief Nasr al-Hariri has pleaded with Arab leaders not to rebuild relation with Assad as his government now controls almost two-thirds of the united states following navy backing from Russia and Iran.