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U.S. Expels Top Syrian Diplomat in Washington, Nuland Says

May 29, 2012

The U.S. is expelling the top Syrian diplomat in Washington, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

Syrian Charge d’Affairs Zouheir Jabbour was given 72 hours to leave the country, Nuland said today in an e-mailed statement.

“We hold the Syrian government responsible for this slaughter of innocent lives,” Nuland said, referring to a massacre in Houla.

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