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US ‘profoundly disappointed’ with UAE hosting Syria’s Assad

In this photo released by the Emirates News Agency, WAM, Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, right, and Syrian President Bashar Assad pose for a photo during their meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday March 18, 2022. Bashar Assad travelled to the United Arab Emirates, marking his first visit to an Arab country since Syria's civil war erupted in 2011, his office said Friday. (Emirates News Agency via AP)
In this photo released by the Emirates News Agency, WAM, Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, right, and Syrian President Bashar Assad pose for a photo during their meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday March 18, 2022. Bashar Assad travelled to the United Arab Emirates, marking his first visit to an Arab country since Syria's civil war erupted in 2011, his office said Friday. (Emirates News Agency via AP)

The US says it is “profoundly disappointed and troubled” by the visit of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad to the UAE, his first trip to an Arab country since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war.

“We are profoundly disappointed and troubled by this apparent attempt to legitimize Bashar Al-Assad, who remains responsible and accountable for the death and suffering of countless Syrians,” says US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price.

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