The United States described on Wednesday the situation in Syria as “very serious” and called on the government to exercise restraint in dealing with protesters.
“The United States is alarmed by the violence overnight in Daraa by security forces against civilians, that we are deeply concerned by the Syrian government’s use of violence, intimidation and arbitrary arrests to hinder the ability of its people to freely exercise their universal rights”, said State Department spokesperson Mark Toner in a press briefing.
He called on the Syrian government “to exercise restraint and refrain from violence against these peaceful protesters.”
Toner noted that the US “obviously had diplomatic relations” with Syria but “we wanted to send an ambassador to Syria precisely so we could have the kind of discussion with the Syrian government that was candid, that was frank and that allowed us to express our views on its behavior and conduct.”
“We believe this is a perfect illustration of why it is important to have high-level representation in Damascus”, he concluded.