U.S. closes Syrian embassy
The U.S. has closed its embassy in Damascus on Thursday for security reasons, the mission said in a website statement.
“The embassy will be closed to the public on Thursday, November 4, 2004 to enable it to reassess its security posture,” it said.
An official at the embassy refused to give any further details regarding the reasons of the closure. He said that the embassy will be closed just for one day, although the mission is usually shut on Fridays and Saturdays.
There has been tension between Syria and the United States over the past few months, and the relation between the two countries have long been strained.
In May the U.S. imposed economic sanctions on Syria, claiming it was supporting terrorism and preparing to produce weapons of mass destruction, charges that were strongly denied by Syria.
In October, the UN, backed by the United States and France, submitted a resolution demanding Syria to withdraw all its troops from Lebanon and end what it called as foreign interference in country’s affairs.