Australia expels Syria’s Charge D’Affairs Jawdat Ali
The bodies of some of the 108 people, including 32 children, awaiting burial after a massacre in the Syrian town of Houla at the weekend. Picture: AFP
“SYRIA’S top diplomat in Australia, Jawdat Ali, was today expelled by the Gillard Government in protest about the massacre of an estimated 100 people in his country, many of them children.
Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr said the Syrian Charge D’Affairs has 72 hours to leave the country.
Senator Carr said Australia condemned the atrocities perpetrated against civilians in the village of Haoula.
Mr Ali was summoned to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Canberra today and told he was being expelled.
On Monday, Mr Ali was told Australia expected the Syrian Government to cease military operations and abide by the ceasefire brokered by special Envoy Kofi Annan.
“This massacre of civilians in Haoula is a hideous and brutal crime,” Senator Carr said.
The United Nations has condemned Syria for the slaughter.
Australia, the European Union and the United States have imposed sanctions on Syria. Australia has put travel and financial restrictions on 106 individuals and 28 entities and imposed an arms embargo.”