| 10.02,12. 03:06 PM |
Rudd raps Syria's chief diplomat over brutal crackdown
Jawdat Ali, Syria's chief diplomat in Australia, returns to his car after being called in by Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd. Photo: Andrew Meares
The head of the Syrian embassy in Canberra has been formally reprimanded for a brutal crackdown on the country's internal opposition, during a meeting with the Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd.
Syrian embassy Charge d'affaires, Jawdat Ali, who is the most senior Syrian diplomat in Australia since the ambassador, Tammam Sulaiman, left last year, was summoned to a meeting with Mr Rudd at Parliament House shortly after 2pm.
He left Parliament House shortly before 3pm, telling reporters to "call me at the embassy".