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Bahrain's parliament calls for expulsion of Syrian ambassador

The call was issued following the attacks on several Arab embassies in Damascus in violation of international and diplomatic conventions and norms

  • By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief
  • Published: 19:16 November 15, 2011
  • Gulf News

Manama: Bahrain's lower chamber has called for the expulsion of the Syrian ambassador in Manama.

The call was issued following the attacks on several Arab embassies in Damascus in violation of international and diplomatic conventions and norms, the lawmakers said on Tuesday as they debated the developments with Syria.

Diplomats needed to be protected against any form of attack or intimidation, the MPs said.

They also called for the implementation of the Arab League decision on suspending Syria.

The 40-member lower chamber said that it fully supported the Syrian people and all moves to achieve their aspirations for democracy, freedom, justice, reforms and development.

However, the government rejected the lawmakers' call to expel the Syrian ambassador, arguing that, under Article 40 of the constitution, only the King had such a right.

Bahrain in August recalled its ambassador in Damascus for consultations, on the same day as Kuwait and one day after the Saudis summoned their head of mission in Syria home. Qatar in July became the first Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) country to withdraw its ambassador from Syria after rioters attacked its embassy building.

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