GCC countries recall their ambassadors from Syria, expel Syrian envoys from their capitals

الثلاثاء 1433/3/15 هـ الموافق 2012/02/07 م واس
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Riyadh, Rabi'I 15, 1433, Feb 7, 2012, SPA -- The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) recalled their ambassadors from Syria and ordered Syrian ambassadors to leave their territories immediately.
In a statement issued here today, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the current rotating President of the GCC, announced that the member states of the GCC have decided to withdraw all their envoys from Syria and, meantime, requested all Syrian regime's ambassadors in the GCC member states capitals to leave for home without any delay. The statement cited the Syrian regime's rejection of all attempts, including the sincere Arab initiative to solve the political crisis in Syria and spare the Syrian people's bloodshed, as a reason for considering the presence of the Syrian envoys in the GCC and vice versa as null and void.
With deep regret and outrage, the GCC member countries are closely following the increasing rhythm of killings and violence in Syria in what could be described, in its least terms, as collective massacre against the unarmed Syrian people and the demonstration of the Syrian regime's brutal acts against children, the elders and women as well as no respect for human rights or humanitarian ethical feelings, the statement issued by the GCC presidency said.
The GCC countries suggest that the Arab countries ought to meet at the Arab League next week to take the necessary decisive measure to stop this dangerous escalation against the Syrian people after nearly one year of illusive tactics without any glimpse of hope in the offing, the statement added.
The GCC member states express profound pain and regret for the killing of innocent souls and the infliction of great sacrifice on the people of Syria as their governing regime was not defending the country against an external aggressor but, in fact, running a power-conflict game that never cares about the Syrian peoples dignity or freedom.
--SPA
19:47 LOCAL TIME 16:47 GMT