The American University in Washington has agreed to start sending students to Damascus to study Arabic.
It is the latest sign in the thaw between the two countries. Educational ties suffered a severe blow a year ago, when American helicopters invaded eastern Syria, killing a number of civilians. The Syrian government ordered the American Cultural Centre and the American School in Damascus to close their doors shortly afterwards.
On a visit to the US, Syria’s Minister of Higher Education Ghiath Barakat met the Director of International Relations at the American University, Sarah Demonte. They have agreed not just to swap students, but also expertise. American experts will be travelling to Syria to help develop the education system.