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Statement of Ambassador Feinstein on Polish Agreement to Protect U.S. Interests in Syria

6 February 2012
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The Department of State announced today that the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria suspended its operations on February 6.   U.S. diplomatic personnel have withdrawn from Syria.

The Government of Poland, represented by the Polish Embassy in Damascus, has agreed to serve as the United States’ protecting power in Syria, and will assist U.S. citizens remaining in Syria by providing emergency consular services.

Ambassador Feinstein said, “I thank our trusted Polish allies and friends for assuming this important responsibility in support of America and its citizens.  On behalf of President Obama and Secretary Clinton, I thank President Komorowski, Prime Minister Tusk, Foreign Minister Sikorski, and the people of Poland for this act of friendship and solidarity."