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Syria denies having detained U.S. citizen Austin Tice

Syria denies having detained U.S. citizen Austin Tice

Damascus, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected statements by U.S. officials accusing Damascus of holding prisoner journalist and former military officer Austin Tice, who has been missing in Syria for 10 years.
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The U.S. administration, represented by President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, issued misleading and illogical statements including false accusations to the Syrian government, the Foreign Ministry said through a statement.

It explained that this administration admitted four years ago that Tice and other U.S. citizens illegally entered Syrian territories outside government control.

They turned a blind eye and even encouraged dozens of U.S. citizens to travel to Syria and enter its territory without their government’s permission through illegal border crossings to areas controlled by armed terrorist groups, the text detailed.

In this regard, he accused the government of his country to violate the provisions of the Vienna Conventions on Consular and Diplomatic Relations.

On the other hand, the ministry considered that any official dialogue with the U.S. government should be public and on the basis of respect for Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and non-interference in its internal affairs.

At the end of its statement, the Foreign Ministry called on the U.S. side to immediately and unconditionally withdraw its military forces that are illegally present on Syrian territory, and to definitively cease the unilateral coercive measures imposed by successive Washington administrations on the Syrian people.

Biden mentioned Tice last week in a White House statement on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his disappearance in Syria on August 14, 2012.

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