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Ambassador Bahjat Suleiman
Photo: EPA
Jordan expels Syrian ambassador, declares him 'persona non-grata'
Ambassador Bahjat Suleiman had violated diplomatic protocol by repeatedly criticizing Amman on social media, Jordanian foreign ministry says.

AMMAN - Jordan has expelled the Syrian ambassador from the country on Monday for breaching diplomatic norms, giving him 24 hours to leave Amman, the state-run Petra news agency said.



A foreign ministry statement said Ambassador Bahjat Suleiman, a former general and intelligence chief, had violated diplomatic protocol by posting repeated comments on social media that criticized Jordan.


The Jordanian government declared Suleiman persona non-grata and asked him to leave.


The Western-backed kingdom has harbored more than one million refugees from neighboring Syria's civil war, and had kept a Syrian ambassador despite supporting rebel efforts to overthrow the rule of President Bashar Assad.


Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report.


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