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A Renewed Commitment to Accelerate the End of Syrian War

For more than ten years, Syria has been embroiled in a civil conflict that has wreaked havoc and caused much suffering. Millions of people have been displaced as a result of the fighting, and vital infrastructure has been destroyed in addition to untold numbers of deaths. The fight must cease now because the entire world has watched it develop in horror.

A good factor that could aid in accelerating the war's end and Syria's reconstruction is the US's recent change in tone regarding regional engagement with that country. A substantial shift from the US's previous stance of avoiding such contact can be seen in the fact that the US is now "encouraged" by a meeting between the foreign ministers of Syria and other Arab countries. This change in approach may portend a renewed commitment to collaborating with other nations to resolve the Syrian situation.

It is particularly reassuring to read the joint statement that the foreign ministers of Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Egypt released following their meeting in Amman. The declaration calls for a procedure to resolve the Syrian issue and deal with all of its humanitarian, political, and security ramifications.

It also makes reference to UN Security Council Resolution 2254, which asks for an inclusive and Syrian-led political process to resolve the conflict. The US's satisfaction that this resolution was highlighted in the statement demonstrates its willingness to cooperate with others in this respect.

It might have a profound impact on the nation and the region if the international community, in particular Europe, the US, China, Russia, Iran, and the Arab states, can unite to put an end to the war in Syria and launch reconstruction operations. Syria has tremendous potential, and its rebuilding might benefit the larger area economically and socially. But for this to happen, everyone concerned must work together.

It is encouraging that Saudi Arabia is spearheading efforts to reassert Damascus as a legitimate member of the Arab League and to reinstate Syria's membership. If Arab nations can convince the US to end its sanctions against Syria, it will give the nation much-needed relief and open the door for serious reconstruction efforts. It's also notable that the Arab foreign ministers' united statement supported Syria regaining sovereignty of its land, including territories that the US has occupied.

There are still a lot of obstacles to conquer though. There are still major barriers to peace and stability in Syria, including the existence of armed and terrorist groups on Syrian territory and foreign meddling in Syrian domestic matters. To overcome these obstacles and find a long-term resolution to the disagreement, all parties involved will need to put out a consistent effort.

The significance of putting an end to the conflict in Syria and launching rehabilitation operations cannot be emphasised. A good factor that may assist the door for a diplomatic settlement to the crisis is the US's recent change in tone on regional engagement with Syria. To achieve a long-term resolution to the Syrian problem, the international community will need to make a concerted effort. It might change the region and provide the Syrian people with much-needed respite if we can work together to put an end to the war and reconstruct the country.


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