Saudi shuts embassy in Syria, withdraws staff

Last Updated: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 14:52

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embassy in Syria and has withdrawn all its staff, the foreign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

"Due the developments in Syria, the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia has shut down its embassy in Damascus and withdrawn all
its diplomats and staff there," said 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 expel Syria`s ambassadors and
withdraw their own in February.

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.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands has also closed its embassy in Damascus because of the worsening security
situation in Syria and to send a political sign to its leadership, the Foreign Ministry announced. (AFP)


First Published: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 14:32

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