Syria expels US and Western diplomats
Syrian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that it has barred or expelled a series of ambassadors and foreign envoys from 17 nations, including the United States and European nations in order to retaliate for last week’s expulsions of its diplomats from Washington and other capitals, barring or expelling a series of foreign envoys from 11 nations
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – An official source in the Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry on Tuesday stated that some countries have recently declared heads of our diplomatic missions and members of our embassies personae non gratae, and working on the principle of reciprocity, the Syrian Arab Republic decided to take the following immediate procedures:
1- Considering the U.S. Ambassador, Robert Ford, who is recently in his homeland for consultations persona non grata.
2- Considering the British Ambassador, Simon Collis, who is recently in his homeland for consultations persona non grata.
3- Considering the British Diplomat, Chancellor, Steven Hickey persona non grata.
4- Considering the Swiss Ambassador Martin Auschbachar persona non grata.
5- Considering the Turkish Ambassador, Omer Onhon, and all members of the Embassy personae non gratae.
6- Considering the French Ambassador, Eric Chevallier, persona non grata.
7- Considering the French Diplomat, the Second Secretary, Aymeric Amyot d’Inville persona non grata.
8- Considering the Italian Ambassador Achille Amerio, persona non grata.
9- Considering the Spanish Ambassador, Julio Albi, persona non grata.
10- Considering the Spanish Diplomat, Councilor, Jorge De Lucas Kadenas, persona non grata.
11- Considering Belgian Charge d’affaires Arnt Kennis persona non grata.
12- Considering Bulgarian charge d’affaires Dimitar Michaylovpersona non grata.
13- Considering the Bulgarian Third Secretary Stoyl Zlatarsky persona non grata.
14- Considering the German Military Attache Uwe Brettschneider persona non grata.
15- Considering assistants of the German Military Attache, Karsten Harwege, Maik Mietho and Jorge Michael Grobman personae non gratae.
16- Considering Canadian Charge d’Affaires and all members of the Embassy personae non gratae.
The source added that the Syrian Arab Republic believes in the importance of the standing dialogue based on the principle of equality and mutual respect among states and that diplomacy is an important tool to communicate with countries to resolve pending disputes and problems and we hope that those countries, which have taken the initiative of this step to adopt these principles in a way that allows the return of relations to normal between the two sides again.