Syrian envoy to UAE defects after wife joins rebels

July 25th, 2012 - 7:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, July 25 (IANS/AKI) Syria’s ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) defected Wednesday, a day after his wife, the Syrian envoy to Cyprus, announced she was joining the rebels.

Abdel Latif al-Dabbagh’s wife Lamia al-Hariri was the Syrian ambassador to Cyprus.

She announced Tuesday she was defecting and joining the rebels locked in a 16-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

Brigadier-General Manaf Tlas, the highest-ranked defector till date from the Syrian regime, in a message aired late Tuesday urged Syrians to unite and look towards a free and democratic post-revolutionary Syria.

Tlas’s broadcast was aired by Arabic satellite TV channel Al-Arabiya, reportedly from Paris. It was his first public appearance since he fled Syria earlier this month.


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