Last updated: 8 August, 2011

Kuwait recalls envoy from Syria

The Gulf state of Kuwait on Monday decided to recall its ambassador from Damascus for “consultations” a day after Saudi Arabia took a similar measure and announced a Gulf meeting on Syria.

“We have decided to recall our ambassador from Syria for consultations,” Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad al-Sabah told reporters after meeting a parliamentary committee.

“No one can accept the bloodshed in Syria… The military option must be halted,” said Sheikh Mohammad, who also praised the Saudi decision to recall its envoy.

Sheikh Mohammad said the foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states will hold a meeting shortly to discuss the developments in Syria.

“There will be a meeting for the GCC foreign ministers soon and a joint GCC move to discuss the issues related to Syria,” he said.

Saudi King Abdullah late on Sunday strongly condemned the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Syria and recalled Riyadh’s ambassador from Damascus.