John McCain illegally entered the country, Syria complains to the United Nations
Syria has complained to the United Nations that U.S. Republican Senator John McCain, former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and former U.S. diplomat Peter Galbraith entered the country without visas in violation of its sovereignty.
Syria’s U.N. ambassador, Bashar Ja’afari, called on U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the 15-member Security Council to pressure governments to take “the necessary measures against their nationals who enter Syrian territory illegally.”
“Such actions are a blatant violation of Syria’s sovereignty and of the resolutions of the Security Council concerning Syria,” Ja’afari wrote in a letter dated Dec. 30 and seen by Reuters on Monday.
He complained generally about “certain journalists and prominent figures” entering Syria illegally but singled out McCain for entering Syria in June 2013. McCain, a former U.S. presidential candidate, visited Syria in May 2013 and met with some Syrian rebels, his spokesman said at the time.
Ja’afari also cited Kouchner for visiting in November 2014, Galbraith for traveling to Syria in December 2014 with other U.S. political and military leaders, and former Kuwaiti politician Walid al-Tabtaba’i for entering Syria in September 2013.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)