The order was issued "in consideration of the atrocities the Assad regime has committed against the Syrian people" and because Syria has halted consular services, Daniel Rubinstein, the new U.S. special envoy for Syria, said in a statement.
"We have determined it is unacceptable for individuals appointed by that regime to conduct diplomatic or consular operations in the United States," he said.
Calls to the Syrian Embassy went unanswered Tuesday. A notice on its website said the embassy would not handle any consular business starting Tuesday.
Rubinstein said the United States would maintain diplomatic contact with the government in Damascus "as an expression of our longstanding ties with the Syrian people."
Anti-government protests that erupted during the
President Obama threatened to launch airstrikes against Syrian military targets last summer after the