Saudi Arabia closes mission in Syria

By AFP
Published: March 15, 2012

In a bid to raise pressure on the Bashar al-Assad regime, Saudi Arabia becomes latest country to shut down its embassy. PHOTO: FILE/REUTERS

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has shut down its embassy in Syria and has withdrawn all its staff, the Saudi foreign ministry announced on Wednesday in a statement carried by state news agency SPA.

“Due to the developments in Syria, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has shut down its embassy in Damascus and withdrawn all its diplomats and staff there,” read the statement.

Saudi Arabia, which has repeatedly pressed for world action against Damascus and called for rebels to be armed, was one of six Gulf monarchies to expell Syria’s ambassadors and withdraw their own in February.

Last week, the US had closed its embassy in Syria.

At least 8,500 people, most of them civilians, have been killed since the uprising against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Sunny
    Mar 15, 2012 - 8:47AM

    One Muslim country cannot do this to another Muslim country. India, Isreal and USA are behind this whole affairs.

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  • Abbas
    Mar 15, 2012 - 2:52PM

    Saudi Arabia alway play evil role against muslim especially those who r against isreal & usa

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  • Cautious
    Mar 15, 2012 - 6:17PM

    It would appear that some would prefer to score anti West points than express concern over the 8,500 Syrians who have been slaughtered by their govt — shameful.

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  • Tipu Sultan
    Mar 15, 2012 - 8:22PM

    First of all the figure of 8500 is not independently confirmed by third parties, this figure has been worked out for media by the parties outside of Syria. Some will argue on UN but the UN seems biased player once again, yet giving one more reason to make this post-WWII organization redundant.

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  • Mar 16, 2012 - 8:54AM

    How can one for certain there are 8500 Syrians killed, while none of the pro-west organizations or news media is allowed in the country? Is it being picked for the sake of convenience to convince the unsuspected? Remember the story of the young Kuwaiti girl claimed that she saw the Iraqi soldiers went into a hospital and killed many infants during the war between Iraq-Kuwait war, through the major west news, and it seemed no body questioned the authenticity of the story before broadcasting her story to the world? It turned out that the girl is the daughter of a Kuwaiti diplomat stationed in USA, and she was not even in the country at that time.

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