Friday, Aug. 28
Latest News
  1. IS kills two generals in Iraq, advances in Syria
  2. Qatar Airways 'shamed' into action over pregnancy, marriage
  3. Egypt court sentences 12 IS supporters to death
  4. UN moves forward with plans for Syria chemical weapons probe
  5. Iran premieres big-budget epic film 'Muhammad'
  6. Israel to use crop, water technology to win friends in Africa
  7. Merkel says Austrian tragedy a 'warning' in migrant crisis
  8. US economy grew 3.7% in second quarter
  9. Recalling their own war, Belgraders embrace Syrian refugees
  10. IS claims suicide attack that killed two Iraqi generals
  11. Syria regime, rebels agree new truce for three towns
  12. Recalling their own war, Belgraders embrace Syrian refugees
  13. Drone kills five Qaeda suspects in Yemen stronghold
  14. HRW urges coalition to stop using cluster bombs in Yemen
  15. Israeli border police officer stabbed in East Jerusalem
  16. Berlin eases asylum rules for Syrians as migrants pour into EU
  17. Assad 'confident' of Russian support for Syria regime
  18. Iran enlists Afghan refugees as fighters to bolster Syria's Assad
  19. France sees Assad's 'neutralization' as pre-condition for peace
  20. Iranian epic 'Muhammad' aims to change Islam's image

Egypt recalls its ambassador to Syria

Feb. 19, 2012 4:25 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 20, 2012 8:32 P.M.)
CAIRO (Reuters) -- Egypt recalled its ambassador to Damascus on Sunday, state media reported, the latest move by an Arab state to isolate President Bashar Assad and pressure him to halt a violent crackdown on protesters.

The Foreign Ministry also said the Syrian government had decided to recall its ambassador to Cairo. There was no immediate official Syrian comment.

Egypt's move follows last week's Arab League call for Arab states to halt diplomatic cooperation with Syria.

Gulf states, leading the drive against Assad, have already withdrawn their ambassadors from Damascus and expelled Syrian envoys in their capitals. Other Arabs have made similar moves.

"The decision is a message that Egypt is unsatisfied with the situation in Syria as it is," Foreign Ministry spokesman Amr Rushdy said, the official state news agency reported. He added that Egypt's envoy would remain in Cairo until further notice.

"Egypt subsequently learned that the Syrian government had decided to recall its ambassador from Cairo. We have no choice but to respect this Syrian decision," he said.

He said Egypt was responding "step-by-step" to the crisis and said Cairo had been working in public and behind the scenes to support an Arab peace initiative.

The Arab plan calls for a halt to violence and for Assad to hand power to a deputy in order to start talks with the opposition, although the opposition has said it will not hold negotiations with Assad's government.
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015