After Assad’s visit to the UAE, the United States was concerned about an attempt to “legitimize” him

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The United States is disappointed with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as part of his first trip to an Arab state since 2011. This was stated by Pentagon spokesman Ned Price, reports Reuters.

“We are deeply disappointed and concerned about this apparent attempt to legitimize Bashar al-Assad,”— he said.

On March 18, Assad arrived in the UAE and met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who, in turn, indicated that Syria is considered “the pillar of the Arab security, therefore the position of the UAE is firm in support of the territorial integrity and stability of the country,” SANA reports.

According to the agency, Sheikh Zayed also confirmed the need to withdraw all foreign forces from Syria that are illegally there.

This is Assad's first visit outside of Syria, apart from Russia and Iran, since the start of the civil conflict in 2011. In November last year, the Syrian president received UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Damascus for the first time in 10 years. Then the parties discussed “bilateral relations between the two fraternal countries” and the development of bilateral cooperation in various fields.

The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are allies of the United States in the region, in particular, during the confrontation with the Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen. Since the beginning of the civil conflict in 2011, Syria has been expelled from the League of Arab States (LAS), and many countries, including the US and the EU, have imposed sanctions against it.

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