U.S. appoints a new ambassador to Syria

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Robert_Stephen_FordThe 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 between the two countries mainly over issues relating to Iraq and Lebanon.

“US Middle East envoy George Mitchell gave the name of the new US ambassador to Syria in a meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad last week ,” An Nahar reported

Ford a career diplomat from the state of Maryland, has served as the United States Ambassador to Algeria from 2006 till 2008.

He is presently America’s deputy ambassador to Iraq.

In addition to English, Ford speaks German, Turkish, French, and Arabic.

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