Fares is a Sunni who is said to have close ties to Syrian security. Heis the second senior diplomat to quit the embattled government since the beginning of the Syrian uprising. The first was Bassam Imadi, the Syrian ambassador to Sweden.
Western diplomats have hailed recent defections as a sign that the Bashar-al-Assad government is slowly beginning to crumble from within.
He stated this in an interview:
“The regime and Bashar al-Assad himself gave us illusions about reforms. We are now convinced that this regime will never do anything for the sake of the people. Lies are going on, the head of the regime is lying, it’s mirage, it’s illusion, killings everywhere, destruction everywhere and oppression everywhere …. He [Bashar-al-Assad] carries the genes of a dictator. His father killed people 30 years ago. Those who deal with him know that he is a liar …
The Russian support, the Iranian support and the hesitation or the inability of the international community to protect the Syrian people are the main reasons why the regime is buying time and why the regime is staying for a longer period of time. But from inside, the regime is dead. Economically, socially, in all domains …
Reforms could have given some fruits if applied at the very beginning of the revolution. But after waves of blood it’s impossible for the Syrians to trust Bashar al-Assad again, to accept his existence in Syria even …. This regime is dead, it’s just a matter of time.”
– Nawaf Fares, the former Syrian ambassador to Iraq
- Ex-Syrian ambassador: My defection may hurt the regime the most (edition.cnn.com)
- Exclusive interview: why I defected from Bashar al-Assad’s regime, by former diplomat Nawaf Fares (telegraph.co.uk)
- Syria’s defected Baghdad envoy criticises Iraq’s Maliki (dailystar.com.lb)
- Most senior diplomat to defect from Syria talks to CNN (security.blogs.cnn.com)
- Syrian ambassador to Iraq defects to opposition – BBC News (bbc.co.uk)
- Ex-Syrian Ambassador Says Military Intervention Only Way To Stop Bloodshed (ibtimes.com)
- Defected Syrian envoy lashes out at Assad (english.ruvr.ru)
- Syria ambassador to Iraq defects (aljazeera.com)
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