UAE helps a US city ‘think big’ in rebuilding its schools

JOPLIN, Mo. — Two weeks after a mile-wide tornado tore through this city, killing 161 people and rendering a landscape of apocalyptic devastation, the public school system here received a telephone call from a man working for the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Washington, DC. “Tell me what you need,” the embassy staffer said.

Obama to nominate next U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon

President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate Maura Connelly as U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon to replace Michele Sison. Connelly is currently a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Prior to that, she was the Charge d’Affaires for the U.S. Embassy in Damascus.

Syria accepts US nominee for ambassador

Syria has officially  accepted Washington’s nominee for the first US ambassador to Damascus in five years, a US official said Friday as the Obama administration tries to engage Syria in Arab-Israeli peace talks. Washington decided to withdraw its ambassador to Damascus following the killing of Lebanon’s former  Prime Minister Rafik al- Hariri  on  February 14, […]

Syria accepts US nominee for ambassador

Syria has officially  accepted Washington’s nominee for the first US ambassador to Damascus in five years, a US official said Friday as the Obama administration tries to engage Syria in Arab-Israeli peace talks. Washington decided to withdraw its ambassador to Damascus following the killing of Lebanon’s former  Prime Minister Rafik al- Hariri  on  February 14, […]

U.S. appoints a new ambassador to Syria

The United States has reportedly appointed Robert Stephen Ford as its ambassador to Syria, according to Lebanese daily An Nahar… Washington has not had an envoy in Damascus since former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recalled Margaret Scobey in February 2005 in response to the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and amid tensions […]