During the meeting, Assad and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed discussed ways of developing cooperation and investment opportunities, according to Assad's office.
Zayed stressed the "UAE's support for all efforts made to end the Syrian crisis, consolidate stability in the country, and meet the aspirations of the brotherly Syrian people," UAE's state news agency WAM said.
Despite US allies in the region signaling potential for restoring relations with Syria, Washington has repeatedly said it does not support efforts to normalize ties with Assad or rehabilitate him until there is progress toward a political solution to the conflict.
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