Saudi King Withdraws Ambassador From Syria


Saudi Arabia is withdrawing its ambassador from Syria, says the BBC. From a statement by the Saudi King Abdullah on Monday:

What is happening in Syria is not acceptable for Saudi Arabia.

Syria should think wisely before it’s too late and issue and enact reforms that are not merely promises but actual reformsEither it chooses wisdom on its own or it will be pulled down into the depths of turmoil and loss.

The departure of the Saudi ambassador leaves Syrian president Bashar al-Assad even more isolated. Ali al-Ahmed, director of the Institute for Gulf Affairs in Washington, told Al Jazeera that it is a “watershed” moment:

Saudi Arabia has been supporting elements in the Syrian uprising since the beginning, but now this role has been made public, it was secret until recently, now the Saudis are basically increasing the heat on the Syrian regime and this will result in an increase in clashes and protests inside Syria.

The Syrian regime is really scared of losing Saudi Arabia as a friendly nation.

On Sunday, the 22-member Arab League had issued its first condemnation of the violent five-month crackdown, saying that it was “alarmed” at the ongoing brutalities. Al Jazeera reports that six-nation Gulf Co-operation Council also issued its first statement about the unrest on Sunday; it condemned the Syrian government’s “excessive use of force” and requested an “immediate end to the violence.”

On Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will visit Damascus. Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Davutoglu will deliver a “tough message,” though the BBC says that “one of Mr Assad’s top advisers said he would be given an even tougher message to take home.” But Turkey has said that it can no longer stand by and “be a bystander to violence.” Other Arab nations, including Egypt and Jordan, have issued statements calling for an end to violence against protesters and urged dialogue and reforms instead.

Over the weekend, the Syrian army fired on mourners at a funeral and raided Deir al-Zour, the largest city in eastern Syria; at least 50 were killed. Syrians also died in the central province of Homs and in Idlib in the north-west. Nonetheless, protests occurred throughout the country after sunset on Sunday in Damascus, Homs, Latakia and in the northern city of Aleppo.

The Guardian reports that conditions are quickly deteriorating for residents in Hama. The city of 800,000 has been under siege for nine days. The Local Co-ordination Committees, an activist group which documents and organizes protests in Syria, said that medicine, baby formula, food and gasoline are all in diminishing supplies. Many of those injured cannot be taken to hospitals and are being treated in people’s houses and in mosques.

Assad’s regime continues to say that “armed thugs” influenced by foreigners are responsible for the violence. Last week, Assad announced that opposition parties would be allowed in Syria; this reform, like all the reforms before it, was seen as much too late by protesters.

More than 500 people have died in the past week in Syria, making it the bloodiest month since the protests began on March 15. At least 1,700 have died; last week, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that at least 2,000 have died.

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michail a.

to margaret: I don`t believe moslems have power in Asia that`s exagerated, I am not a big fan of current Saud regime but nevertheless it is a monarchy and a religious pilgrim place and a relative modern country that must reform though just like european monarchies have done went they changed to a constitutional monarchies like Great Britain (United Kingdom, Sweden etc) . In the Middle East we have to take the steps first to get rid of the diktatorships that have hold back these necessary reforms, so that the people shall be free and can live peaceful and economic cooperation amongst all the nation, and of course where the jewish state of Israel is regognized. The Arab Spring is all about change and we have to be patient. Now it ist urgent to stop the massacre and genocide in Syria by the Assad regime and its cronies, and expose and point the fingers as who supports this vile diktatorship. The free world must be together in this in the fights against this diktatorship and the radicals who support this vile regime. Many things will unrevel with the downfall of this brutal criminal regime. Patience is a virtue. We must hope and pray.

Margaret Paddock
M A P6 years ago

"...what a dangerous web we weave when we practice to deceive".
What game is Saudi Arabia really playing here? They have never done anything unless there is something in it for them. It must be a ploy to once again gain something from either Russia or America.
Peace will not come to Asia as long as Muslims are in control and peace will not come to countries that allow them to settle there.
Unrest is spreading world wide for many reasons and is seeping into America because she can not reject the idea of government taking control of our lives. Like Cokie Roberts stated: the problem here is the Constitution. She goes on to state that the countries that have strict government control are the ones that succeed. With people like that influencing our political actions it is no wonder America is on the brink of disaster.

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L6 years ago

Unfortunately Bashar al-Assad thought he could continue and get away with the brutalities of his father. It is time for Assad to step down, indeed it is time he was arrested along with his generals for crimes against humanity and be taken to the Hague of trial.

I also agree with Ellen M.

michail a.

......and in light of what i said previously , I need to add the tragic and sad loss of our courageous son`s and daughter`s in Afghanistanwas not in vain, i cried at their brutal death`s of these courageous young people and their deats will always be remembered as it is the same fight against injustices and freedom against the activities of these same criminal groups that do not stop at nothing to harm anyone that stands in their way for their hegemony !

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W6 years ago

good news

michail a.

The demise of these brutal dictatorships, such as assad of syria, gaddafi, yemen, all are sinking and their end will give away to a free Middle East! Why before these military Dictators were strong, because their original headmaster was the mighty Soviet Union give them the how to do and how to oppress the people lessons and were arming them to the teeth against the West and against America, why because the west in general and America were standing against their hegemony. Since the demise of their headmaster , we saw a beginning and the end of these brutal dictatorships and in 2011 the Arab spring uprising. Who tries now to belittle these uprisings and bemirch these uprising , their gangs of criminal groups who claim to be religous, islamic or otherwise.
No matter how we see it the free world is much better off without these dictators. The Syrian dictatorship is supported by brutal criminal organisations who do not wish to see a free Middle East, they hate Israel, why, because Israel is free and democratic nation and stands against their criminal activities. With all these brutal medieval miltary dictatorships gone, a new and modern Middle East will born where women will and can be free. All these criminal groups have a new headmaster now that is the Iranian criminal islamist fascist regime who desperately wants assad and yes even the crazy gaddafi to survive, the demise of these two last dictators will enhance the demise and downfall of the brutal iranian dictatorship.

Ellen Mccabe
Ellen m6 years ago

Lets just hope all this posturing will be backed up...and that it produces an outcome that allows for all involved to come away with less violence and an eye towards progress for the country and those that live there.

Elisabeth M.
lis G6 years ago

Wow. This is a bit rich coming from the absolute monachy called Saudi Arabia. You know, them with the oil and American's best friend along with Israel. Women, don't (or can't) go there (unless you are an imported domestic worker and then don't think you will not be a slave). An oppressive regime that exterminates dissent, ignores human rights and still implements the death penalty. Democratic? Don't think so.

Ian F.
Ian Fletcher6 years ago

Oh come on Bashar! Give over man!
Don't you know when to stand down?
Do you really want to slog it out like that idiot Gaddafi?
Be a gentleman, for heaven's sake, while you still have a few grams of dignity left...
Cheers! Barcelona

Giovanna M.
Giovanna M6 years ago

Saudi's not only have economical power, but they have Mecca, so remain important religion-wise to the other Muslim countries. Even if it's a tactic to try and avoid similar problems at homw, the fact that Saudi Arabia withdrwas its ambassador and public support to Syria could help the Syria government change their attitude.
I guess the next days will tell, but would hope this is so. Anything that helps this spiral of violence stop is welcomed.