Syrian ambassador holds Egyptian authorities responsible for Cairo embassy attack

Ahram Online, Saturday 28 Jan 2012

Syria's ambassador to Egypt says authorities knew the identities of those who attacked the Syrian embassy in Cairo Friday, but did nothing

In response to an assault on the Syrian embassy in Cairo on Friday, Syrian Ambassador Yusuf Al-Ahmed told SANA news agency that he holds the Egyptian authorities fully responsible for failing to protect the embassy.

The Syrian embassy in Cairo was stormed by dozens of Syrians who stated their attack was a response to the Syrian government’s crackdown on protesters in the country. SANA news agency claimed the attackers were funded by Gulf states.    

Al-Ahmed said the Egyptian authorities did not take punitive action against the attackers, despite knowing their names beforehand. He told SANA: “We have given a list of names to the authorities, but no measures have been taken."

"Syria holds the Egyptian authorities responsible and will demand compensation for material and moral damages resulting from this attack," he added.

Al-Ahmed further called on Egypt’s authorities to take responsibility for the security and safety of the embassy and its staff in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and to hold accountable those responsible for the attack.

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