Jordan Expels Syrian Ambassador

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Jordan gave the Syrian ambassador to Amman, Bahjat Suleiman, 24 hours to leave the country for insulting the kingdom.

Jordan Expels Syrian Ambassador

Sabbah Rafei, a spokeswoman for the Jordanian foreign ministry,  said on Monday that Jordan has expelled the ambassador for having "crossed the lines in diplomatic rules".

"The ministry of foreign affairs  sent a memorandum to the Syrian embassy stating that Bahjat Suleiman is an undesired person in Jordan," Rafei said in a statement published by state news agency, Petra.

The decision, the statement added, came after Suleiman had "repeatedly insulted Jordan via interviews with media outlets and social media sites".

Petra quoted Rafei as saying that Suleiman had "attacked Jordan, and (the) Jordanian people, and its leaders and political figures".

The statement also alleged that the ambassador used his assignment in Jordan to insult other Arab countries, an indirect reference to Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The Syrian embassy in Jordan was not immediately available for comment.

One week ago, Suleiman invited Syrians in Jordan to vote in the upcoming Syrian presidential elections from Amman.

Nasser Judeh, the Jordanian foreign minister, said in May that Jordan was still considering whether it would allow Syrians to vote at their embassy. The Syrian elections are scheduled for June 3.


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