Recently, a picture of the two heads of the General Intelligence Services in Saudi Arabia and Syria spread on social media during the Arab Intelligence Forum in Egypt, which sparked widespread controversy due to their sitting next to each other amid speculation about a rapprochement between Riyadh and Damascus.
In the photo, the head of the Saudi intelligence service, Lieutenant-General Khaled Al-Humaidan, and his Syrian counterpart, Major General Hossam Louka, appear to be exchanging a conversation.
While some activists on the communication sites published the full picture that showed that the two officials were sitting in a large hall that included the rest of the intelligence chiefs of the countries participating in the forum.
After the spread of the picture, speculations have been raised over the past days about the development of relations between Riyadh and Damascus against the background of media reports that spoke of a meeting that brought together two security delegations from the two countries last May.
Speculations about the imminent normalization of relations between Saudi Arabia and Syria increased after the visit of the UAE Foreign Minister, Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to Damascus last week.
The Syrian Foreign Minister, Faisal Miqdad, had said earlier that his country was looking forward to correcting relations with Arab countries, pointing out that “it is surprising that there are no relations between Syria and Saudi Arabia.”
Information circulated about a year ago about talks between the two parties that reached the stage of reopening the Saudi embassy in Damascus, but that did not happen, which some attributed at the time to the nature of the complex relations and differences between the two countries, and their overlap with other parties.
It is noteworthy that diplomatic relations between the two countries have been cut off since 2011 due to different political positions and visions on the Syrian crisis