Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed agreed to pay $3 billion to the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria to break the cease-fire in the country’s northwestern province of Idlib, according to a media report. 

The news report published last Wednesday in London-based Middle East Eye (MEE) said bin Zayed sent senior official Ali al-Shamsi and national security adviser Tahnoun bin Zayed to Damascus to persuade Bashar al-Assad “to reignite the offensive against Idlib”.

Citing anonymous sources, MEE said the visit took place before the Idlib cease-fire agreement — inked on March 5 between Turkey and Russia — adding

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