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The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been steadily pushing toward normalizing relations with a number of the states that had formally supported the opposition after the outbreak of Syria’s civil war 10 years ago. Two significant milestones this week suggest that momentum is shifting in Assad’s favor.
First, last Saturday, Jordan reopened a border crossing that is crucial to trade between the two countries. And in a phone call between the two leaders on Sunday, King Abdullah II made it clear to Assad that he wants to “bolster cooperation” with Syria.