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Freeland revokes appointment of Syrian consul after backlash over Assad support

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland makes a funding announcement at Tenaris in Calgary, Alberta on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. Canada is revoking its approval of a diplomatic appointment by the Syrian government to the country's consulate in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley

Canada is revoking its approval of a diplomatic appointment by the Syrian government to the country’s consulate in Montreal.

In a statement on Twitter, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says she has ordered Global Affairs officials to rescind its earlier approval of Waseem Ramli as Syria’s consul.

The move follows outrage over Ramli’s appointment, which was approved by Global Affairs officials over the summer despite his outspoken support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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Ramli also described the White Helmet humanitarian organization as terrorists.

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Freeland says she has also ordered Global Affairs officials to look at how such appointments are confirmed.

Freeland has said neither she nor her staff were aware that Global Affairs had confirmed Ramli’s appointment, which followed his nomination by Damascus.

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