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Syrian embassy in Kuwait resumes consular services

AFP , Tuesday 6 Jan 2015
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Kuwait said Tuesday that Syria's embassy had resumed consular services for some 140,000 Syrian nationals living in the Gulf state after closing nearly three years ago.

The embassy closed its doors after Kuwait joined other Gulf countries in expelling Syrian envoys in February 2012 amid tensions with President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

"The Syrian embassy opened in Kuwait, three Syrian diplomats came and are working," foreign ministry undersecretary Khaled al-Jarallah told reporters outside parliament.

He stressed that it had not been Kuwait's decision to close the embassy after the expulsion of the envoy.

Syrians in Kuwait have been unable to renew their passports or obtain official documents after Damascus closed the embassy, citing the refusal to accredit its envoy.

Arab monarchies of the Gulf have voiced support for the uprising in Syria against Assad's regime.

Kuwait recalled its ambassador from Damascus in 2012 and its lawmakers previously called on the government to recognise Syria's opposition National Council as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

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