Germany expels Syrian diplomats
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Germany expels Syrian diplomats

FM says the move is a 'clear sign that we are reducing relations with the Assad government to an absolute minimum'

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle (photo credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash90)
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle (photo credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash90)

BERLIN (AP) — Germany has expelled four employees of the Syrian embassy in Berlin in a diplomatic move to put pressure on the regime of President Bashar Assad.

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Monday the expulsion of the four, whose identities weren’t released, sends a “clear sign that we are reducing relations with the Assad government to an absolute minimum.”

Westerwelle says Germany hopes the newly formed opposition National Coalition will be able to form an effective transitional body as soon as possible.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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