The Saudi representative to the United Nations, Abdallah Yahya al-Mouallimi, explained reports in the Syrian newspaper Al-Watan about an invitation to Ambassador Bashar al-Jaafari, Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, to a ceremony at his private home.
Mouallimi told Al-Arabiya on Friday: “I wish this report had been correct. We would be happy for Syria to return to the Arab ranks and act as a country that plays its role and carries out its duties within the framework of the Arab ranks and give up its current attitudes towards its people.”
The Saudi delegate said: “If that were true, we would have been the first to welcome Syria and Ambassador Bashar al-Jaafari. But this news is not true at all.”
He added: “What happened is that, the following day, there was a forum in the General Assembly attended by all countries and dozens of permanent delegates. At the end of the forum, we invited the attendees to a reception held in honor of Dr. Fahd al-Mubarak, so that delegates could get to know him personally. There was no special invitation or invitation to dinner or in any special context. Ambassador al-Jaafari saw fit to attend this reception, and we welcomed him as we welcomed dozens of other ambassadors.”
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