US envoy to Syria Robert Ford to retire, say sources

By REUTERS
February 5, 2014 00:04

 
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WASHINGTON - US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford is retiring at the end of the month, current and former US officials said on Tuesday.

Ford, a career foreign service officer and a fluent Arabic speaker, was instrumental in negotiating with Syrian opposition groups to join talks in Switzerland last month to try to end Syria's nearly three-year-old civil war.

It was not immediately clear why Ford is retiring. A State Department spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

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