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Ensuring national security, increasing influence among its Arab neighbors, and achieving a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace settlement, which includes the return of the Golan Heights, are the primary goals of President Bashar al-Assad's foreign policy. At many points in its history, Syria has seen virulent tension with its geographically cultural neighbors, such as Turkey, Israel, Iraq, and Lebanon. Relations have improved dramatically with some of those states; relations with other states have improved slightly or remain unchanged. During the Syrian uprising, relations were cut with several countries including: Turkey, Britain, Canada, United States, France, Italy, Germany, Tunisia, Oman,Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Norway, Japan, Holland, Belgium, Romania, Switzerland, Spain, and the Gulf States. Syria was also ejected from the Arab League due to governmental violence against civilians. It is still unknown when the eventual restoration of relations will occur. (via DBpedia)