President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday appointed Faisal Mekdad as Syria’s new foreign minister, replacing Walid Muallem who died almost one week ago, the presidency announced in a statement.
US top diplomat Mike Pompeo has used a late term Middle East tour to cement Washington’s “maximum pressure” campaign on Iran, so President-elect Joe Biden can’t easily reverse it.
From the fall of old, authoritarian leaders to the repression of revolts, here are some key dates that make up what is known as the Arab Spring.
When the Arab revolts that were sweeping the region and toppling autocrats like dominoes reached Syria, Bashar al-Assad’s days at the helm looked numbered.
“The revolution showed me that everything is possible,” says Ameni Ghimaji, remembering the heady days of the Tunisian protests that sparked the Arab Spring uprisings a decade ago.
It seems Palestinians are trying to get out of international and Arab isolation by taking a series of measures, including restoring ties with Israel and returning their ambassadors to the UAE and Bahrain, in anticipation of the Joe Biden administration’s arrival into office.