Syria's Ambassador to the UK Sami Khiyami plans to attend the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday.
The invitation has let to some criticism in the media, given the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Syria.
"Those countries with which we have normal diplomatic relations and ambassadors in London are invited to the wedding, and while we have strong disagreements with many of them this remains the case," a Foreign Office source said.
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