CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Syria dismisses ambassador to Iraq after his defection

07-12-2012 18:24 BJT

DAMASCUS, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Syrian Foreign Ministry said Thursday it has relieved the Syrian ambassador to Iraq from his duties after reports claiming that he had defected and headed to Turkey.

In a statement emailed to Xinhua, the ministry said that Nawaf al-Fares has made comments to the media that run counter to his duties in defending his country.

In a video aired earlier by Arab media, including Qatar-based al-Jazeera satellite channel, Fares announced his resignation from the post of Syrian ambassador to Iraq, as well as his defection from Syria's ruling Baath party, in protest of "the terrible massacre by the regime."

Legal actions should be levelled against the ambassador after his media remarks and leaving Baghdad without prior permission by the Syrian authorities, the Syrian foreign ministry said.

The ambassador's defection is the first high profile defection by senior diplomats after 16 months of bloody unrest in Syria.

 

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program