Syria to respond in kind to recalled envoys, diplomat says
MOSCOW - Damascus is planning to respond in kind to countries that have recalled their ambassadors from Syria in response to President Bashar Assad's bloody crackdown on a nearly year-long uprising, Syria's envoy to Russia Riad Haddad said on Monday.

"There are certain European countries that have already recalled their ambassadors from Syria. Syria will respond in the same way," Haddad, told journalists, speaking through an interpreter.

EU member states have been discussing proposals, promoted by France, to collectively downgrade diplomatic ties both in EU capitals and Damascus, but with no agreement so far.

Syria has begun pre-emptively withdrawing ambassadors from Europe because it fears EU members will expel them, Arab diplomats said on Saturday.
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