DAMASCUS- Syria`s Foreign and Expatriate Ministry said on Tuesday, in a statement which DP-News received a copy, that some EU, West and foreign diplomats and ambassadors are persona non grata diplomat guests in the country.
In response to the demand U.S., Australia, Canada & EU countries for Syrian diplomats to leave its territory, an official source in the Syrian Foreign Ministry said in a statement "Some countries have recently informed the heads of our diplomatic missions and members of our embassies that they are non-welcomed at these countries. In response; the Syrian Arab Republic decided to apply the same actions immediately for these countries envoys into Syria."
The List included: U.S., Canada, Australia, Britain, France and other diplomats of EU countries that had expelled Syrian Ambassadors and diplomats last week.
The statement stressed that the Syrian Arab Republic still believes in dialogue based on the principles of equality and mutual respect among nations.
Syrian Ministry statement added that diplomacy is a necessary tool for communication between countries to resolve outstanding problems and disputes.
"Some countries have informed our diplomatic
missions and our embassies' staff that they are unwelcome," Syria`s Foreign
Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said in a statement.
He said Damascus has
decided to take a "reciprocal measure" against ambassadors from the
U.S., Britain, Turkey, Switzerland, France, Italy and Spain. A number of
French, German, Canadian, Bulgarian and Belgian diplomats also are affected,
"We hope them, in these countries that initiated
the move, to reconsider adopting the same principles, and let back the normal
relations between the two parties again.” the statement added.
The statement said that 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 persona non grata.
4- Considering the Swiss Ambassador Martin Auschbachar persona non grata.
5- Considering the Turkish Ambassador, Omer Onhon, persona non grata.
6- Considering the French Ambassador, Eric Chevallier, persona non grata.
7- Considering the French Diplomat, the Second Secretary, 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 persona non grata.
12- Considering Bulgarian charge d'affaires persona non grata.
13- Considering the Bulgarian Third Secretary persona non grata.
14- Considering the German Military Attache persona non grata.
15- Considering assistants of the German Military Attache persoa non grata.
16- Considering Canadian Charge d'Affaires and all members of the Embassy persona non grata.
Last week, the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and at least five other major nations expelled their Syrian ambassadors following the slaughter in Houla, which United Nations observers say was carried out to a large extent by pro-government militias who entered homes and executed entire families at close range.
But in Latin America, at the time of this writing, no country has physically expelled any Syrian diplomat in order to send a strong message of outrage against the Syrian regime.