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Britain Withdraws Syria's Royal Wedding Invitation

Britain has withdrawn the Syrian ambassador's invitation on the eve of the royal wedding.

"In the light of this week's attacks against civilians by the Syrian security forces, which we have condemned, the Foreign Secretary has decided that the presence of the Syrian ambassador at the royal wedding would be unacceptable and that he should not attend," says a statement by the country's Foreign Office.

Human rights groups had criticized the initial decision to invite Syrian Ambassador Sami Khiyami to Prince William and Kate Middleton's nuptials at Westminster Abbey when former British prime ministers Gordon Brown and Tony Blair had been left out.

More than 500 people have been killed since mid-March in the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad's authoritarian regime.

Khiyami said he was not surprised by the decision: "I find it a bit embarrassing but I don't consider it a matter that would jeopardize any ongoing relations and discussions with the British government."

"Well, I don't really understand it, but I understand the influence of media on government decisions."

Meanwhile, it has also been revealed in The Order of Service that Kate Middleton will pledge to "love, comfort, honour and keep" William rather than the more traditional vow to "obey" him.

April 28, 2011 |




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