Embassy Row: Get out of Syria
GET OUT OF SYRIA
The Foreign Ministry included the United States in a massive explusion that affected 11 diplomatic missions and dozens of foreign envoys. The ministry said the action was retaliation against the United States and 10 other nations that kicked out Syrian diplomats a week ago.
“We hope [those countries] that initiated the move will reconsider … and let back the normal relations between the two parties again,” he said in a statement to Syrian newspapers.
The expulsion of the diplomats followed the massacre of more than 100 people, including women and children, in the Houla region of Syria on May 25 and 26, as the 15-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad intensified. More than 13,500 people have died in the conflict.
The Foreign Ministry formally declared seven foreign ambassadors and other diplomats “persona non grata,” essentially “unwelcomed persons.”
UPDATE ON MUSTAPHA
When Imad Moustapha last appeared on the Washington diplomatic scene, the Syrian ambassador was skulking out of town in December on the heels of a spy scandal.
On his blog Monday, he said he is “reinvigorated” by the challenge of learning Mandarin and understanding Chinese culture.
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