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The story: Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohammed Al-Halbousi has led a high-profile Arab delegation to Damascus to “return Syria to the Arab fold” and show solidarity following devastating earthquakes. The group included representatives of states that severed ties with Syria following the eruption of civil conflict in 2011. As Arab normalization with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad continues, the absence of delegates from Qatar and Saudi Arabia in Damascus was notable.
The coverage: The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on Feb. 26 reported that Assad received the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU) delegation at his Damascus headquarters.
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