Switzerland shuts its embassy in Damascus

By REUTERS
March 1, 2012 13:12

 
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ZURICH - The Swiss government said on Thursday it had formally closed its embassy in Damascus, three weeks after shutting it temporarily, after urging Swiss citizens to leave the country and recalling its ambassador last August for consultations.

Switzerland announced the closure as the UN-Arab League Syria envoy, Kofi Annan, prepared to visit Damascus to ask President Bashar Assad to engage with efforts to end the mounting turmoil in his country.

In November Switzerland urged the roughly 180 Swiss citizens living in Syria to leave the country at once. Late on Wednesday, it said about 150 of them remain there, mostly people with dual citizenship living in Damascus.

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