Syria agrees to new US ambassador nominee

Syria has accepted Washington's nominee for the first US ambassador to Damascus in five years, a US official said Friday.
The US official declined to confirm media reports that the United States has nominated Robert Ford, a career diplomat with experience in Arab countries like Algeria and Iraq, his most recent posting.
He would be the first US ambassador to Damascus since the one recalled after former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri was killed in a bombing blamed on Syria on February 14, 2005.