Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said his country has no plans to normalize ties with Syria, after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad won a 4th term in office last week in an election derided by the opposition and the West as a farce.
Qatar was among many regional states including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that supported rebels in Syria’s decade-old civil war. Some like the UAE have sought to normalize ties after Assad regained control of most of the country.
Sheikh Mohammed told U.K.-based Al Araby television in an interview aired on Friday: “So far we see nothing on the horizon for a political solution acceptable to the Syrian people … the (regime’s) approach and conduct has not changed.”
“There is no motivation for us to re-establish ties with the Syrian regime at this time,” he said, adding that “the Syrian regime is committing crimes against its people.”
Syria’s government announced that Wednesday’s election shows the country is functioning normally despite the war which has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and displaced eleven million.