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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by the Press Secretary on Naming Robert Ford as U.S. Ambassador to Damascus

“Ambassador Ford is a highly accomplished diplomat with many years of experience in the Middle East.  His appointment represents President Obama’s commitment to use engagement to advance U.S. interests by improving communication with the Syrian government and people. If confirmed by the Senate, Ambassador Ford will engage the Syrian government on how we can enhance relations, while addressing areas of ongoing concern.”