Syria dismisses defected senior diplomat to Iraq

Friday, July 13, 2012
Damascus: Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said Nawaf al-Fares made press statements country’s ambassador to Iraq, Nawaf Fares, who announced Wednesday his defection to the opposition, has been "discharged” on Thursday.

In a video statement posted on Facebook, Nawaf al-Fares declared that he had joined the ranks of what he called the "people's revolution in Syria."

The Ministry announced that Nawaf al-Fares was relieved of his duties according to rules and has no longer any relation with the Syrian Embassy in Baghdad or with the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry.

Earlier, United Nations envoy Kofi Annan Annan told the Security Council that both Iran and Iraq supported a plan for a Syrian-led political transition in Damascus.

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