BEIRUT – The U.S. ambassador Robert Ford to Syria was recalled to Washington and left “temporarily” the country, announced the U.S. Embassy in Damascus. The State Department cited reasons of “personal security”.
The spokesman for the State Department Mark Toner said Robert Ford returned to Washington this weekend after “credible threats against personal safety.”
He could not say when the diplomat could return to Surie, saying it depended on “the American appreciation of the inducement of the Syrian regime and the situation on the ground.”
The announcement comes as Robert Ford was open criticism of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. He has been supporting the protesters in Hama in July.
Since then, he was attacked by supporters of the regime, who attacked coupos including eggs and tomatoes during a visit to a Syrian opposition figure.