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Saudi Arabia says it is too early to restore ties with Syria

Saudi Arabia said on Monday it was too early to restore diplomatic ties with Syria without progress on a political process to end the eight-year-old war.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Jubeir also said Riyadh, would not take part in any reconstruction efforts before stability is restored in Syria.

"This (reopening the embassy) is related to progress on the political process, so it is still early," Jubeir told a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Asked whether Riyadh would assist in reconstruction of Syria, Jubeir said: "Reconstruction cannot happen until the war is over and there is stability and security in Syria."

Source: National News Agency