Syria INSIGHTS by AVI MELAMED
Saudi Post-Quake Aid To Syria Comes With Strings Attached
February 25, 2023
The post-earthquake Saudi Arabian humanitarian aid to Syria is part of a larger agenda by the the Saudis to get the Assad regime to distance itself from Iran in exchange for receiving more aid and renormalizing ties to international community.
The Saudis wield an incredible amount of power when it comes to the Assad and Syrian question.
But Saudi support comes at a significant cost, specifically Syria’s needing to extract itself from Iran’s sphere of influence, and the removal of all Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. (IRGC) troops, and the fighters of their associated militias from Syrian sovereign territory.
The recent Saudi humanitarian aid to Syria signals that Saudi forgiveness is possible, and if they are to take place, any additional Saudi gestures towards Syria will indicate an interesting and significant development and we should be able to detect how that could play out within the next few weeks.
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