Morocco expels Syrian ambassador


Morocco’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday it had asked the Syrian ambassador to leave the country immediately and declared him persona non grata.

There was no immediate comment from the Syrian embassy. Earlier in the day, a Syrian embassy official denied speculation that the ambassador had defected.

This development comes after a report in al Sharq al Awsat newspaper indicated that Syria’s ambassador to Belarus, Farouk Taha, has defected to the opposition.

If confirmed this will be the second Syrian ambassador that defects to the opposition.

Nawaf al-Fares who was Syria’s top man in Baghdad, Iraq defected last week and publicly embraced his country’s uprising.

In an interview with CNN on Sunday Fares called for foreign military intervention to topple President Bashar al-Assad. He accused the Damascus regime of collaborating with al Qaeda militants against opponents both in Syria and in neighboring Iraq.