Syria takes parting shot at ambassador who defected and slammed regime
(CNN) -- A Syrian diplomat who defected and joined the opposition has been "relieved of his duties," authorities said Thursday, a day after he left his post and denounced the regime for killing civilians.
Nawaf al-Fares, the Syrian ambassador to Iraq, is the second high-profile official to break with the regime in a week. A brigadier general, who was also the son of a former defense minister, defected last week to protest the killings.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Al-Fares went to the Gulf Arab state of Qatar, Iraqi state-TV reported. The Qatari government has been sharply critical of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
Al-Fares "made statements contrary to his job duty to defend the positions of the country and its issues, which requires legal accountability and discipline, " the Syrian foreign ministry said in a statement.
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