Posted by: sean | March 2, 2007

Diplomacy in Damascus?

Al Jazeera reports on the upcoming first high-level visit by a US official to Damascus since 2005:

The United States is to send a high-ranking official to Syria for the first time in two years.

Ellen Sauerbrey, the assistant secretary of state, will travel to Damascus “in coming weeks” as part of a regional tour dealing with “humanitarian issues related to Iraqi refugees,” Sean McCormack, US state department spokesman, has said.

Sauerbrey will be the highest-ranking US official to visit Syria since early 2005, when Richard Armitage, then-deputy secretary of state, travelled to Damascus.

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