Syria: Two defections of senior envoys confirmed

The US confirmed the defections of two more senior Syrian diplomats, describing this as further evidence that President Bashar al-Assad’s days are ‘numbered.’

“We can confirm the defections of Syrian ambassadors to both the UAE and Cyprus,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One. Earlier, sources had told AFP the two envoys had defected from the regime.

Carney said the move showed that “senior officials around the Assad inner circle are fleeing the government because of the heinous actions taken by Assad against his own people, and the recognition that Assad’s days are numbered.”

Earlier, a high-level source told AFP on condition of anonymity that Syria’s charge d’affaires in Cyprus, Lamia Hariri, has defected from the regime.

An opposition activist in the country confirmed that Hariri’s husband, Syria’s ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Abdel Latif al-Dabbagh, had also defected.

Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television said on Wednesday that Dabbagh had defected, though it did not say where he was.

But a senior State Department official confirmed to AFP that “Dabbagh has defected to Qatar and has joined the growing number of Syrians who are doing what is right for the Syrian people.”

“These defections serve as a reminder that the bottom is starting to fall out of the regime. It is crumbling and losing its grip on power,” the official added, asking to remain anonymous.

The string of defections come after Nawaf Fares, Syria’s ambassador to Iraq, left for Qatar this month after publicly renouncing his post.

SBS

  • 73Corty77

    One defector or 100, means nothing. Syria will prevail and with Iran and Hezbollah they will control the whole middle east.
    So you Salifi dog’s get ready for a ass kicking

    • Moe2000

      Β I hope the People of the Middle East are united and all puppet governments serving Zionist interest are no more… I am for the People Corty Not for anyone controlling anyone… The Salafi’s not all but some are being brainwashed by Al Saud funded Sheiks…. I am for all Muslim nations working together to better our people not killing each other… The House of Saud installed by the U.K has done nothing for Muslims and back stabbed the Palestinian people they have never lifted a finger to help Palestine. There are Wiki-Leaks about the house of Saud doing business with the Mossad.

      • 5thDrawer

        It’s always about business, Moe. Humans have always done business. (I’ll trade my cave for your woman.) (Add a sheep, and it’s a deal. πŸ˜‰
        Religion simply added bigger business-goals. Some are good for more people and their business, some for less. (Some bosses are fair, others not.) All depends on what’s preached the most.
        Business is a basic normal function.
        It’s our Fairy-tales that are abnormal.

  • 73Corty77

    One defector or 100, means nothing. Syria will prevail and with Iran and Hezbollah they will control the whole middle east.
    So you Salifi dog’s get ready for a ass kicking

    • Moe2000

      Β I hope the People of the Middle East are united and all puppet governments serving Zionist interest are no more… I am for the People Corty Not for anyone controlling anyone… The Salafi’s not all but some are being brainwashed by Al Saud funded Sheiks…. I am for all Muslim nations working together to better our people not killing each other… The House of Saud installed by the U.K has done nothing for Muslims and back stabbed the Palestinian people they have never lifted a finger to help Palestine. There are Wiki-Leaks about the house of Saud doing business with the Mossad.

      • 5thDrawer

        It’s always about business, Moe. Humans have always done business. (I’ll trade my cave for your woman.) (Add a sheep, and it’s a deal. πŸ˜‰
        Religion simply added bigger business-goals. Some are good for more people and their business, some for less. (Some bosses are fair, others not.) All depends on what’s preached the most.
        Business is a basic normal function.
        It’s our Fairy-tales that are abnormal.

  • 73Corty77

    I defector or 100, means nothing. Syria will preval and with Iran and Hezoballah they will control the whole middle east.
    So you dog Salifi’s get ready for a ass kicking

    • Moe2000

      Β I hope the People of the Middle East are united and all puppet governments serving Zionist interest are no more… I am for the People Corty Not for anyone controlling anyone… The Salafi’s not all but some are being brainwashed by Al Saud funded Sheiks…. I am for all Muslim nations working together to better our people not killing each other… The House of Saud installed by the U.K has done nothing for Muslims and back stabbed the Palestinian people they have never lifted a finger to help Palestine. There are Wiki-Leaks about the house of Saud doing business with the Mossad.

      • 5thDrawer

        It’s always about business, Moe. Humans have always done business. (I’ll trade my cave for your woman.) (Add a sheep, and it’s a deal. πŸ˜‰
        Religion simply added bigger business-goals. Some are good for more people and their business, some for less. (Some bosses are fair, others not.) All depends on what’s preached the most.
        Business is a basic normal function.

  • 5thDrawer

    Dabbagh ?? Dab …. ?? Good ole DAB ?? Wow … Now THERE is a smart guy. Do you think we had any influence ? πŸ˜‰

  • 5thDrawer

    Dabbagh ?? Dab …. ?? Good ole DAB ?? Wow … Now THERE is a smart guy. Do you think we had any influence ? πŸ˜‰

  • 5thDrawer

    Dabbagh ?? Dab …. ?? Good ole DAB ?? Wow … Now THERE is a smart guy. Do you think we had any influence ? πŸ˜‰