First U.S. Ambassador In 5 Years Arrives In Syria

BEIRUT — The first American ambassador to Syria since 2005 arrived in Damascus on Sunday at a time of regional turmoil and with Syrian-U.S. relations still mired in mutual distrust.Few expect immediate changes, but having career diplom…

BEIRUT — The first American ambassador to Syria since 2005 arrived in Damascus on Sunday at a time of regional turmoil and with Syrian-U.S. relations still mired in mutual distrust.

Few expect immediate changes, but having career diplomat Robert Ford in Damascus offers Washington a better glimpse into Syria at a time of rising tensions – particularly in neighboring Lebanon, where the Western-backed government collapsed last week.

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