Syrian opposition condemns Arab rapprochement with Assad

Syria’s main opposition body on Sunday condemned Arab governments for working to restore ties with Bashar Al-Assad’s regime, on the same day that Jordan King Abdullah II spoke to the Syrian president on the telephone for the first time in over a decade.

Prior to King Abdullah’s conversation with Assad, Jordan fully reopened its main border crossing with Syria and signed a deal with the regime to transport natural gas through Syrian territory.

Syria was suspended from the Arab League in 2011, when the Assad regime brutally suppressed peaceful pro-democracy protests and the Syrian conflict began.

Since then, however, several Arab states have restored relations with the Assad regime.