Bashar al-Assad’s international rehabilitation has begun this was the title under which The Washington Post said that 2018 was the year of President Assad who repelled all challenges, asserting that the next is a piece of cake for Assad.
The paper also pointed out that it became clear at the end of 2018 that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad managed with the help of his Russian and Iranian allies to retain power and returned large parts of the territory of Syria to the control of the government again, besides the Arab countries began the process of gradually restoring their relations with President Assad.”For Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, 2018 ended well.
Alongside President Trump’s announced withdrawal of U.S. troops from eastern Syria, several Arab states indicated they were willing to reconcile” said the newspaper, adding: “Saudi Arabia, a lead rebel sponsor during the war, seems increasingly willing to accept Assad, besides, the Arab League is willing to welcome him back in 2019 (…)Of course, Assad was never that internationally isolated.
Vital assistance from allies Russia and Iran is well documented. Russia ensured that Damascus faced no United Nations-led sanctions.
The remaining BRICS (Brazil, India, China and South Africa), like many non-western states, did not demand Assad stand down.
China was most supportive, vetoing anti-Assad U.N. Security Council resolutions six times since 2011, but India, too, retained ties to Damascus, fearing the rise of Islamists”.
In conclusion, the newspaper recalled that the United States, the European Union and Turkey are still rejecting Assad, but the US withdrawal from Syria will weaken the attitude of the Europeans towards the Syrian president despite Ankara’s support for its opponents, which abandoned in the light of recent developments the demand for his departure.