WASHINGTON, March 18. /ITAR-TASS/. The US Department of State demanded the Syrian authorities to immediately suspend the work of their diplomatic missions in the United States. This was announced by the US special envoy on Syria Daniel Rubinstein.
"We found it unacceptable that the persons appointed by the regime (Assad), carried out diplomatic or consular operations in the US", he said.
"United States notified the Syrian government that the activities of its embassy in Washington must immediately suspend ", he added.
It's not only about the folding of the Syrian Embassy in the United States, but also the activities of the country's honorary consuls in Troy (Michigan) and Houston (Texas ). All staff of diplomatic missions to Syria, except locally recruited US citizens and persons entitled to reside in the United States, it is proposed to leave the country.
According to Rubinstein, these steps have been taken in response to the Syria’s government decision to suspend provision of consular services by Syrian Embassy in Washington. Among the reasons for this decision were also named "the atrocities committed by the Assad regime against the Syrian people." In this case, however, the US special envoy let slip that the US wants to continue to maintain diplomatic relations with Syria, hoping to change their government in Damascus.