Federal Foreign Minister Westerwelle today (10 December) had four members of staff at the Syrian Embassy in Berlin expelled. He issued the following statement on the matter:
Today’s expulsion of four members of the Syrian Embassy in Berlin is a clear demonstration that we are reducing our dealings with the Assad regime to the absolute minimum. We are counting on the National Coalition to consolidate its position and establish functioning transitional institutions as soon as possible.
The Syrian chargé d’affaires was informed of the expulsion today. The staff expelled have until Thursday to leave.