Syrian Ambassador recalled
The Syrian Ambassador to London, Dr Sami Khiyami, has left his post on instructions from his government, amid rising condemnation of the Al-Assad regime’s continued violence against the opposition.
The withdrawal of Dr Khiyami, who was well liked by his colleagues despite the political turmoil in his country, follows the recall of EU Ambassadors from Damascus, including British Ambassador Simon Collis and all British embassy staff.
Dr Khiyami’s departure coincided with the British government’s decision to grant formal recognition to the Syrian opposition. The Foreign Secretary also recently announced that a further £500,000 would be given to Syrian rebels to help them train to become a “credible alternative” to the Al-Assad regime.
The funds will provide “non-lethal” support such as training Syrian opponent groups in communications and conflict resolution, as well as helping them document human rights abuses by the Syrian regime which could be used to bring those responsible to justice.
The funds are intended to assist opposition groups “build a democratic future for Syria,” Mr Hague said.