Marking him the most senior diplomat to defect from the Bashar Assad regime, Syria's ambassador to Iraq said he has joined the revolution.
Reuters reports that Nawaf Fares posted a video on Facebook announcing his resignation.
"I declare that I have joined, from this moment, the ranks of the revolution of the Syrian people," Fares said according to Reuters.
The AP, which reported the defection earlier quoting the opposition, says this is the second prominent Syrian to defect in less than a week. The AP adds: