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US Blocks Entry of New Syrian Diplomat

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The U.S. State Department has blocked a Syrian diplomat sent by President Bashar al-Assad's government from entering the United States and reaching the Syrian embassy in Washington.

State Department spokeswoman Jan Psaki confirmed the move Wednesday, saying the visa of the diplomat, identified as Ali Daghman, has been revoked. She linked the revocation to "the Syrian regime's continuing assault on its own people."

U.S. officials said earlier that Daghman's visa was issued by mistake, and that he was awaiting deportation from Washington's Dulles International Airport.

Word of the visa mix-up triggered complaints on Capitol Hill and with Syrian exile opposition groups. The critics said that even the initial move to grant a visa sends a signal the Obama administration is not serious about its stated commitment to the ouster of Assad's government.

Syria does not have an ambassador at its Washington embassy, which functions with a skeleton staff.  The United States has closed its diplomatic post in Damascus.

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by: Sheik Rattle & Roll from: Classified
July 10, 2013 3:43 PM
How can a Visa be issued in Syria to a diplomat when the US doesn't have a presence? The US should at least convince the diplomat to defect. This is crazy. How can this happen?
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by: Jim McNutt from: Ilinois
July 11, 2013 7:35 PM
I remember as a child Israel's 6 day war. The USSR responded by closing their embassy in Tel Aviv and supported the invasive aggressors.
The Israeli Premier respondent with a state of somewhat like - "It seems to me during a time of war and anger, that is when communications should be encouraged, not denied.

Am sure the quote isn't exact, but the point is excellent. If our government is at issues with the Syrian government it is a time to enhance communications, not extinguish.

It should by now be clear how the American govt hopes to create Yugoslavia (Tito) and Afghanistan (warring tribes) into
Western style republics.

It would be ok for the nation I love to learn from history and provide a better future.

Thank You.

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