Doha reiterates refusal to normalize ties with Damascus

– Assertion comes after Manama, Abu Dhabi both announce plans to reopen embassies in Syria

<p>By Ahmed Yusuf</p> <p>DOHA (AA) – Qatar on Monday reiterated its refusal to normalize diplomatic relations with the Syrian regime.</p> <p>&quot;Qatar does not see the necessity of reopening its embassy in Damascus,&quot; Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said at a joint press conference in Doha with African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki.</p> <p>&quot;We have not seen any positive signs that would warrant diplomatic normalization,&quot; he added.</p> <p>&quot;The Syrian people remain subject to aggression and displacement at the hands of the [Assad] regime,&quot; Al Thani said.</p> <p>He added: &quot;To normalize with the regime at this stage would be to normalize with those implicated in war crimes.”</p> <p>Doha’s top diplomat went on to assert that Qatar’s position on Syria remained based on support for a solution &quot;mandated by the Syrian people”.</p>