CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Defecting Syrian ambassador in Qatar: Iraqi minister

07-12-2012 18:49 BJT

BAGHDAD, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Thursday that the defecting Syrian ambassador to Iraq is now in Qatar, an Iraqi official television reported.

"The Syrian ambassador Nawaf al-Fares, who announced his defection from his regime, has left Baghdad and is now in Qatar," the state-run Iraqia channel quoted Zebari as saying to reporters during his visit in Paris.

Earlier in the day, 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."

"From this moment I announce my joining to the ranks of my Syrian people, which is my natural place in such difficult circumstances," Fares said in a video aired by Qater-based al- Jazeera satellite channel.

For its part, the Syrian government announced Thursday it has relieved Fares from his duties after reports claiming that he had defected.

The Syrian foreign ministry said in a statement that Fares has made comments to the media that run counter to his duties in defending his country.

It said legal actions should be levelled against the ambassador after his media remarks and leaving Baghdad without prior permission by the Syrian authorities.

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

 

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