Syrian FM: Dabagh Excluded from Office, Hariri and Tahsin not Ambassadors

In response to Arab and Western media news about the dissent of Syrian ambassadors before heading to Qatar, the Syrian Foreign Ministry issued a statement Thursday, pointing out that not only Dabagh is excluded from office, but also Hariri and Tahsin are not ambassadors and actions will be taken against them.

“Over the past two days, the media outlets tackled news related to workers at the Syrian Foreign Ministry who chose to quit their diplomatic missions and travel to a specific Arab capital which committed itself to fund and encourage this kind of employees to dissent,” the statement read.

The Foreign Ministry made clear that the Syrian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Abdullatif Dabbagh, has quitted work since last June 4, adding that Lamia Hariri “did not hold in previous and currently doesn’t hold the title of Syrian Ambassador, but she is just a diplomat working in the Syrian embassy to Cyprus and committed to manage the embassy on behalf of the pending appointment of an acting Chargé d’affaires or ambassador.”

“Mohammed Tahsin al-Faqir does not hold any diplomatic status but he is an administrative officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, working at the embassy to the Sultanate of Oman. His mission at the embassy has been completed under the resolution No. 129 issued since 21/05/2012 and is awaiting for retirement within months. He does not have any security status at all,” the statement added.

“The Foreign Ministry has taken the necessary measures against dissident diplomats, noting that the Syrian embassies to the concerned countries are still on regular service for Syrian nationals,” the statement concluded.

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