The Syrian consulate in Istanbul announced on its website on Monday that it would stop renewing passports and travel documents for Syrian citizens, without giving a reason.
The consulate statement said that it had “stopped working with extension stamps for Syrian passports and travel documents from Sunday” and that “new instructions would be issued on the consulate’s public website.”
The Syrian consulate in Amman put a similar announcement on its website, adding that the implementation of this decision would proceed “until further notice.”
The Istanbul consulate has been renewing Syrian passports since April 2015 after a decision issued by the Assad regime which allowed the renewal of passports without any formal procedures, including approval from security internal security agencies.
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