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. “