US condemns 'intimidation' of envoy in Damascus

September 29, 2011 20:21


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WASHINGTON - The United States on Thursday strongly condemned an attack by pro-government Syrian protesters on the US ambassador in Damascus, saying it was part of an on-going campaign to intimidate US diplomats.

"Intimidation by pro-government mobs is just not civilized behavior. It is an inexcusable assault that reflects the intolerance on the part of the regime and its supporters," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.

Toner said US Ambassador Robert Ford and his staff were safely back at the US embassy, and denied Syrian government accusations that the United States has sought to incite violence against its security forces.

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