Friday, June 26, 2009

Obama to send ambassador to Syria

After a four year diplomatic hiatus, President Obama announced Tuesday that he would be sending an ambassador to Syria. The decision came several weeks after special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. One senior administration official stated that Syria was a necessary partner at the table if comprehensive dialogue and peace processes were to be conducted in the Middle East. President Bush first removed the ambassador to Syria in 2005 in response to the assassination of then-Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, an action which the government believes Syria to be involved in. No one has been selected for the post yet, and any appointment must be confirmed by the Senate. Read the full article here.