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Defected Syrian ambassador in Qatar, says Iraqi foreign minister

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The Syrian Ambassador to Baghdad who defected to the opposition yesterday is now in Qatar, the Iraqi Foreign Minister has told the media.

“He has not defected while in Iraq … He had left Iraq and today he has an interview with al-Jazeera (television) in Qatar,” Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari told reporters in Paris.

Former Ambassador Nawaf Fares – who announced his defection on Al Jazeera – is the first senior diplomat to abandon Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. 

The Syrian government announced today that Mr Fares has been “relieved of his duties” in Iraq. 

Credit: Photo by freedomhouse2

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