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Syria vows no more attacks on embassies

2011-11-16 12:45

Amman - The Syrian government has pledged there will be no more attacks on foreign embassies by loyalists of President Bashar al-Assad angry at his regime's growing isolation, the Jordanian foreign ministry said.

During a meeting with Arab ambassadors in Damascus on Tuesday, Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad's number two "promised that such incidents will not be repeated against accredited embassies in Syria," ministry spokesperson Mohamad Kayed told Jordan's official Petra news agency.

"The Syrian government apologised to Jordan for the attack against the Jordanian embassy in Damascus during which demonstrators tore down the Jordanian flag," Kayed added.

Monday evening's incursion into the Jordanian embassy compound came after King Abdullah II became the first Arab leader to say openly that he thought Assad should step down.

It was the latest such protest by angry Assad loyalists against embassies of regional powers since the Arab League voted on Saturday to suspend Syria from the pan-Arab bloc and impose sanctions.

Other missions targeted have included those of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, all outspoken critics of the Assad regime's eight-month crackdown on dissent that the United Nations says has cost more then 3 500 lives.

Arab foreign ministers were to meet again on Wednesday to keep up the pressure on the Damascus authorities to honour the terms of an Arab League peace blueprint they signed up to on November 02.

The Rabat talks were to be held on the sidelines of an Arab-Turkish co-operation forum to be attended by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.