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Tit for tat expulsion of envoys

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An election campaign in Damascus

In retaliatory move, Syria declared the Jordanian charge d’affaires in Damascus persona non grata, a statement said.

An election campaign in Damascus. Syrian voters overseas are scheduled to cast their ballots May 28; those inside the war-torn country are to vote June 3
An election campaign in Damascus. 

Syrian voters overseas are scheduled to cast their ballots May 28; those inside the war-torn country are to vote June 3

The foreign ministry said this was in retaliation for Jordan’s “unwarranted” and “strange” decision to expel the Syrian ambassador in Amman, Xinhua reported citing the official SANA news agency.
SANA did not name the Jordanian diplomat.
The Jordanian decision does not reflect the fraternal relations between both peoples of Syria and Jordan, the ministry statement said.
Earlier, Jordan declared Syrian Ambassador Bahjat Suleiman persona non grata and asked him to leave within 24 hours.
Jordanian foreign ministry spokeswoman Sabah Rafi was quoted by the official Petra news agency as saying that Amman’s decision was made in response to Suleiman’s “repeated abuses” against Jordan and its political leaders and institutions through his personal meetings, remarks to media and posts on social websites despite repeated warnings.
Jordan was the latest to expel a Syrian envoy from its territory, following the lead of most Arab and Western countries.

The Jordanian decision came just days ahead of the planned balloting for the Syrian presidential elections. Syrian voters overseas are scheduled to cast their ballots May 28; those inside the war-torn country are to vote June 3.

Mortar attack

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the mortar attack on an election rally in southern Syria, which killed at least 20 people.

Ban reiterated his opposition to “the indiscriminate use of any weapons by any party against civilians in contravention of obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law”, Xinhua quoted a statement issued by his spokesperson as saying Friday.
The Syrian people desperately need an end to violence and a clean break from the past to move towards a new Syria, one in which their legitimate aspirations are met and all communities are protected, the statement said.
At least 20 people were killed and 10 others wounded Thursday evening when a mortar shell struck a gathering of supporters of President Bashar al-Assad in the southern province of Daraa.