Britain has recalled its ambassador to Syria "for consultations" as the regime continues its violent crackdown against protesters, Foreign Secretary William Hague said Monday.
In a statement to parliament after Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution, Hague said he had summoned the Syrian envoy to London to the Foreign Office in protest at the situation in Syria.
"We will use our remaining channels to the Syrian regime to make clear our abhorrence at the violence that is utterly unacceptable to the civilised world," Hague said.
"The Syrian ambasador to London was today summoned to the Foreign Office to receive this message. In parallel, I have today recalled to London our ambassador in Damascus for consultations."
Britain's move comes just hours after the United States closed its embassy in Syria and pulled out remaining staff over serious security concerns as President Bashar al-Assad's regime intensified its bloody crackdown.