By Hilary Krieger, Washington, July 9, 2009
The Obama administration is currently deciding who will become America’s next ambassador to Syria.
The diplomatic post is to be filled for the first time in four years, as US efforts to engage with Syria intensify.
The administration is hoping that, through persistent diplomacy, the US will be able to peel Syria out of the orbit of Iran, with whom it has a strategic alliance, and lead it toward a more positive relationship with the West.
This would include a peace treaty with Israel and the cutting of support for Hamas, Hizbollah and other Iranian-financed terror outfits.