For Immediate Release
March 18, 2014
US Government Orders Syrian Diplomats Out of the Country
Closes DC Embassy and Two Consulate Offices in the US
The action taken by the United States Tuesday to shut down the Washington embassy of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and order its diplomats to leave the country is welcomed by the Syrian Opposition Coalition.
“The United States, our ally in our fight for freedom from tyranny, has declared it ‘unacceptable’ for Assad’s representatives to speak for the Syrian people,” said Hadi al-Bahra, the opposition’s chief negotiator at the Geneva peace talks currently in Washington for talks with Congress and administration officials. “That this is the first act of the new U.S. special envoy is very encouraging.”
As the revolution is Syria enters its fourth year, the suffering of the Syrian people at the hands of Assad and his allies Iran and the terrorist group Hezbollah has steadily increased. Assad has killed more than 140,000 Syrians, exiled almost half of our population from their homes and destroyed whole towns and cities.
The Syrian Opposition Coalition and the United States believe in a political solution. But during the peace talks in Geneva, the Assad regime’s response was to kill more Syrians.
Abdul Ahad Steifo, a senior member of the Coalition and representative of the Assyrian Christian bloc said, “We went to Geneva to negotiate an end to the killing and agree on a political transition. We offered a detailed plan and a positive vision. But Assad did not respond in Geneva, and instead intensified the bloodshed, dropping barrel bombs on residential neighborhoods, markets and schools killing more and more innocent Syrians”
Tuesday’s announcement is further confirmation that the United States and the American people support and stand with the Syrian people in their pain, suffering and struggle against the brutal dictator Assad.
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