According to somewhat dubious sources, Syria has asked the Iranian ambassador to leave.
They have requested that Iran send a new envoy, because Mohammad Hassan Akhtari is interfering in internal affairs. Tehran asked for Akhtari’s stay to be extended, and Syria has refused. He has been given two months to leave.
The Cultural Attache has also been told to go.
Could this be a sign of Syria gently leaving the Iranian fold, and moving closer to America.
It comes just two weeks after Syria attended the Annapolis peace conference organised by the US. Iran harshly criticised anyone who went. It is one of the first times Syria and Iran have publicly disagreed in recent years, and led to urgent discussions between the two countries.