UAE FM meets Syria's Assad on rare visit

The United Arab Emirates' top diplomat met Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus Tuesday for the first time since Syria's war began, triggering US denunciations of efforts to normalise ties with a "dictator." The visit is widely seen as a sign of regional efforts to end Assad's diplomatic isolation as Syria grapples with a spiralling economic crisis caused by years of conflict and compounded by Western sanctions.

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