Bahrain recalled its ambassador in 2012, lowering the level of diplomatic relations, and appointed an ambassador again after 10 years of absence to Syria.
According to the news of Bahrain’s official agency BNA, King Hamed bin Isa Al Khalifa appointed Vahid Mubarak Seyyar to the head of Bahrain’s diplomatic mission in Syria with the title of “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary”, by decree.
In 2012, Bahrain and Oman recalled their ambassadors, lowering their diplomatic representation with Syria. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Kuwait had also withdrawn their ambassadors and cut diplomatic ties altogether.
The UAE announced that it reopened its diplomatic representation in Syria at the level of charge d’affaires on 27 December 2018, and Oman sent an ambassador to Syria on 5 October 2020.
During his first visit to Damascus since the start of the war in Syria on November 9, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan met with Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Since July, Arab countries, especially Jordan, UAE and Egypt, accelerated their normalization steps with the Syrian administration.