Syrian FM summons US , French envoys over Hama visit


The Syrian foreign ministry summoned the French and US ambassadors on Sunday to deliver a “strong protest” over their visit to the flashpoint central city of Hama last week, state media said.

“The ministry called in the US and French ambassadors to deliver a strong protest against their visit to Hama without prior authorization… which constitutes a flagrant interference in Syria’s domestic affairs,” the official SANA news agency said.

“Their visit proves support and encouragement from abroad for destabilizing the country at a time when a national dialogue has just been launched aimed at building Syria’s future,” the news agency said.

“This visit violates the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations which stipulates non-interference in host countries’ domestic affairs.”

Both US envoy Robert Ford and French ambassador Eric Chevallier visited Hama on Thursday amid repeated large demonstrations in the city against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.

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