Jordan Dumps Syrian Ambassador to Amman
Jordan on Monday sent Syria's ambassador to the country packing. Ambassador Bahjat Suleiman was declared persona non-grata and told to leave the country within 24 hours, the state-run Petra news agency reported.
According to a statement by the Jordanian Foreign Ministry, Suleiman was asked to leave the country because of “continued offensive statements, through his personal contacts or writing in the media and the social media against the kingdom.”
Suleiman's comments criticized the government for what he said was the Kingdom's acceptance of refugees from Syria fleeing the two year old civil war.
Suleiman posted messages on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets accusing Jordan of failing to provide medical treatment, food, and other services to refugees.
Some 140,000 people have been killed in the war so far, with nearly 4 million Syrians fleeing the country. Some 600,000 have sought refuge in neighboring Jordan.
In February, a top UN official said that Syrians could soon overtake Afghans as the world's biggest refugee population.
High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres spoke as the international community sharply urged Syria to comply with a new Security Council resolution demanding that President Bashar Al-Assad and the opposition provide immediate access for humanitarian aid.
The number of Afghan refugees was 2.6 million at the end of 2012, UNHCR says, according to AP. Syrians, with nearly 2.5 million registered as refugees, should overtake that long before the end of the year. About one-half of the refugees are children.