The process of normalisation between Damascus and various Arab capitals has, for the time being, seemingly come to a halt.
Normalisation efforts were kickstarted after Syria's reintegration into the Arab League and its subsequent participation in the Arab Summit held in Jeddah in May.
But now, these efforts have hit a pause while stakeholders take stock of what has been achieved, and the pace of progress. Then they will need to define what the ultimate objective of normalisation is and just when efforts should again resume.
A promising start
Things seemed promising for Damascus earlier this year as two significant events unfolded in May: the convening of the Arab Summit in Jeddah on 19 May, and the presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey on 14 and 28 of the same month.
A series of ministerial meetings between Arab nations took place outlining a strategic roadmap for Arab-Syrian rapprochement.
Beginning with Syria's reintegration into the Arab League, this roadmap was then put into action through collaborative initiatives aimed at combatting drug trafficking, dismantling networks involved in Captagon production, facilitating the exchange of intelligence information, cooperating on the repatriation of refugees, and culminated with the advancement of the political process, including the sessions of the Constitutional Committee.
Similarly, a series of ministerial, political, and military engagements occurred between Syria and Turkey, facilitated by Russian mediation, with the aim of formulating a strategic framework for fostering closer ties between Damascus and Ankara.