France protests Syrian restrictions on ambassadors

US and French ambassadors angered the Syrian government by visiting the city of uprising.

Updated: Jul 22, 2011, 00:10 AM IST

Paris: France has dismissed a Syrian warning that the American and French ambassadors shouldn`t travel outside Syria`s capital without permission.

French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said Thursday the warning by Syria`s foreign minister Wednesday illustrates "the isolation ... of the Syrian regime."

Two weeks ago, the US and French ambassadors angered the Syrian government by visiting a city that has become the center of the country`s four-month-old uprising.

Nadal told an online briefing, "it is naturally part of the role of ambassadors to move around in the countries where they reside." He noted that Syria`s ambassador to France can travel where she wants.

The US State Department said the Syrian order reflected a government that has something to hide.

Bureau Report