U.S. mulls closing Damascus embassy as security worsens

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 20, 2012 4:49 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is considering closing its embassy in Damascus due to the deteriorating security situation in Syria, but has made no final decision yet, a U.S. official said on Friday.

The official said the United States had asked President Bashar al-Assad's government to implement further security measures, but it had not yet done so.

"We want something to happen sooner rather than later," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

(Reporting By Andrew Quinn; editing by Doina Chiacu)