BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – Qatar’s Foreign Minister said on Monday that he saw no need to re-open an embassy in Damascus, despite the recent decision by several Arab states to resume diplomatic relations with Syria.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani also sees no encouraging signs for a normalization of ties with the Syrian government.

According to the Qatari Foreign Minister, Qatar still objects to Arab League membership for Syria and will oppose its vote.

“Since day one Qatar had reasons for which it supported suspending (Arab League) membership and those reasons are still there, so we do not see any encouraging factor,” Al Thani said at a press conference.

Damascus’s membership of the Arab League was suspended in 2011 after 18 states, led by Saudi Arabia and Qatar, voted in favor of the suspension.

Some Arab states, including those that once backed rebels against President Bashar Al-Assad, are seeking to reconcile with him after decisive gains by his forces in the war, Reuters said.

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