BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 P.M.) – The Secretary-General of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces was heavily critical of the recent decision by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to reopen their diplomatic missions in Damascus.
“We do not have the power to stop this reconciliation,” Nasr Hariri told reporters in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh, where he is based.
“We still hope there is a possibility for (these countries) to revisit their decisions and realize that the real and solid relation should be with their brothers of the Syrian people not with the regime that has committed all these crimes,” he said, as quoted by the Reuters News Agency.
“Bashar al-Assad will remain a war criminal even if thousands of leaders had a handshake with him,” Hariri said.
Kuwait said last week it expected more Arab countries to reopen embassies in Damascus in “coming days”, although the move would need a green light from the Arab League.
“We do not think it would be a sound step to readmit Syria into the Arab League. We think this is a decision that won’t be in the interest of the political process,” Hariri said.