The Czech Republic will not withdraw from its embassy in Damascus because it effectively helps provide humanitarian aid for Syria, Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said after meeting Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka. Sobotka said humanitarian aid will be a Czech foreign political priority next year. “The embassy in Damascus will continue operating,” Zaoralek said. He recalled that the Czech embassy has helped U.S. citizens in Syria as well as several European countries that searched for their people in the country. A number of countries have withdrawn from their embassies in Damascus after the war conflict escalated in Syria. Zaoralek dismissed the idea that the Czech embassy’s continuing operation boosts the legitimacy of the Bashar Assad regime.
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