U.S. Syria envoy likely to leave post
U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford
May 29th, 2013
06:32 PM ET

U.S. Syria envoy likely to leave post

By Elise Labott, reporting from Jerusalem

Robert Ford, the U.S. Ambassador to Syria, is expected to leave his post in July, a senior State Department official said.

The move was expected and does not signify a policy shift on Syria, as his term was due to end, the official said.

His departure from the post is considered part of the regular shuffle of ambassadors, which takes place during the summer, the official said.

Ford was pulled from Damascus in October 2011 due to "credible threats against his personal safety," the State Department said at the time.

Ford is currently in Turkey, trying to help the Syrian opposition unite.

Opposition members from the Syrian National Coalition have been meeting in Istanbul where they have signaled their interest in attending a peace conference next month in Geneva.

Spokesperson Jen Psaki of the State Department told CNN "Ambassador Ford is in Istanbul right now and continues the Secretary’s urgent work on behalf of the Syrian people every single day. He will continue his work and we have no announcements at this time. “

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Vyradder

    Must be a slow news day? We are here to report that everything is proceeding normally, and all the expected things will happen.

    May 31, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  2. sand

    usa is a irish ghanian half breed country and it will soon be drown in a nuclear sea of flames. if anyone wants a fight against iran then come on iran will level all your mothers down.

    May 30, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Reply
    • Jomama

      Getting better, drowned on; Iran Need a couple of capitals in there. Ghanaian.

      May 30, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Reply
      • Jomama

        Couple more things it will need; cant do it all. Oh yeah; I had it all spaced out but when it posted it all the words got bunched up.

        May 30, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
      • sand

        go home to ghana you monkey i shove a bottle up your asss.

        May 30, 2013 at 7:33 pm |
  3. SWEJ

    BASED ON HIS PERFORMANCE TO DATE IT DOESN'T APPEAR AS MUCH OF A LOSS.

    May 30, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  4. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Reply
  5. Thetruth

    I don't know why he's still called an Ambassador to Syria in the first place when he's based in Turkey and his only function now is to organise rebels to topple the Syrian government. Good riddance...

    May 29, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Reply
    • john mccrillis

      people like him are as bad weather they will allways be with us

      June 11, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Reply

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