Syrian Ambassador to Mauritania Hamad Seed Albni has dismissed an offer from the Qatari Embassy to Nouakchott to defect from Syria in exchange for permanent residence in Doha and financial guarantees, Iranian Press TV reported on Saturday.
According to the TV channel, Qatari ambassador to Mauritania has allegedly offered Albni one million dollars in cash as well as permanent residence in Doha and $20,000-salary during 20 years.
The Syrian envoy however rejected the proposal, calling it a “blatant interference” in Syria’s affairs, Press TV said.
On Monday, Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab defected to Jordan and joined opposition.
Syrian ambassadors to Iraq, the United Arab Emirates and Cyprus have also joined opposition.
The Syrian conflict has claimed between 14,000 and 20,000 lives since March 2011, according to estimates by various opposition groups and the UN. The West is pushing for President Bashar al-Assad’s ouster, while Russia and China are trying to prevent outside interference in the country, saying the Assad regime and the opposition are both to blame for the bloodshed.