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The Syrian ambassador Sami Khiyami's invitation to Friday's royal wedding has been revoked, according to a statement from the country's Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Foreign Secretary William Hague said his attendance was "unacceptable" in light of the recent violent government attacks against pro-democracy demonstrators.

In the uprising against the authoritarian regime, more than 450 people have been killed, with 120 dead over the weekend.

Dr. Khiyami said he found the revocation "embarrassing" but not surprising during an interview with BBC radio, The Telegraph reports. "I find it a bit embarrassing but I don't consider it a matter that would jeopardise any ongoing relations and discussions with the British Government."


The inclusion of the Syrian ambassador sparked criticism from human rights activists. The British government explained their original decision, saying that the invite "does not mean endorsement or approval of the behaviour of any government." But on Thursday, they withdrew the invite, stating that it wouldn't be suitable given the current political situation.

"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. Buckingham Palace shares the view of the Foreign Office that it is not considered appropriate for the Syrian Ambassador to attend the wedding."

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  • alan

    I wonder if they revoked Charlie Sheen and his one goddess invitation

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  • Steve

    Amazing to me that people pay any attention to this anachronism . . . .

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  • WF

    THis is England's tradition. If you aren't from the British Isles, and you don't like it, you don't have to live there or join in the celebration. This Royalty at it's best. I think they should play it as big as they want!!!! Millions of their own people are joining in the celebration. Sorry if you're jealous!!!

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  • WF

    I'm sooooo glad that the Obamas were not invited!!!! They insulted the Queen and Princess Diana. They don't deserve anything!!!!! They are imposters in our govenment and the world knows it.

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  • sbrewton

    @ WF...

    Yeah I know. Wouldn't it be sooo embarrassing if Obama did something like wink at the Queen or I don't know...maybe forget the proper etiquette when a toast is being made. Not to worry America. George dubbyah already did those things when he was President. I seriously doubt that the Queen concerns herself with such thngs. That would cut into her rearranging her tiaras time.

  • ed baggett

    Sick of hearing about this wedding....I will be glad when it's over. I could care less about the "Royals"...I'd put in the same category as the Kim Kardashian mess.....

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  • Mark

    Is it me or is the Queen trying to act like Sophia of the Golden Girls...., always has a purse?

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  • Peggy

    Perhaps the Obamas were not included on the royal wedding guests list because of previous faux pas when they were in London. I am referring primarily to Michele's touching the Queen.

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  • michael doughty

    How the hell did pola coxs get an invite

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  • michael doughty

    How did paula cox get a invit but not the gov

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