France protests Syrian restrictions on ambassadors

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Posted: Jul 21, 2011 8:13 AM
France protests Syrian restrictions on ambassadors

France has dismissed a Syrian warning that the American and French ambassadors shouldn't travel outside Syria's capital without permission.

French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said Thursday the warning by Syria's foreign minister Wednesday illustrates "the isolation ... of the Syrian regime."

Two weeks ago, the U.S. and French ambassadors angered the Syrian government by visiting a city that has become the center of the country's four-month-old uprising.

Nadal told an online briefing, "it is naturally part of the role of ambassadors to move around in the countries where they reside." He noted that Syria's ambassador to France can travel where she wants.

The U.S. State Department said the Syrian order reflected a government that has something to hide.