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Canada suspended the operations of its Embassy in Damascus on March 05, 2012, in response to the deteriorating security situation. Until that date, Canada's diplomatic presence in Syria made it possible to maintain direct links with the Syrian people, monitor events on the ground, and deliver tough messages to the Syrian authorities -- despite the risks. On May 29, 2012, Canada expelled all Syrian diplomats in response to the abhorrent crimes committed by the Syrian regime in Houla.

The Canadian Embassy in Syria will re-open one day, in a Syria free from the brutal reign of the Assad regime.

Canadians in Syria seeking routine consular and passport services should contact the Embassy of Canada in Beirut, Lebanon. Those who require urgent assistance should contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa, by calling 613-996-8885 or by sending an email tosos@international.gc.ca.