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UK summons Syrian ambassador, alleges intimidation

Britain's Foreign Office says it has summoned Syria's ambassador amid reports that a diplomat at his embassy has been intimidating Syrian protesters in the UK.

world Updated: Jun 30, 2011 02:40 IST

Britain's Foreign Office says it has summoned Syria's ambassador amid reports that a diplomat at his embassy has been intimidating Syrian protesters in the UK.

It says the ministry's Middle East director Christian Turner expressed strong concerns to Sami Khiyami on Tuesday about the reports.

Turner said the alleged intimidation, if true, amounts to a "clear breach of acceptable behavior."

The Foreign Office said last week it was made aware of claims that Syria's embassy has had photographs taken of protesters involved in anti-regime rallies in the U.K., and that those images have been shown to demonstrators' families in Syria in an attempt to harass them.