Why Does Syria Need Two Ambassadors in Washington?

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Syria maintains not one but two ambassadors to Washington. Officially, Syrian president Bashar Assad’s top diplomat in the U.S. is Ambassador Imad Moustapha. Assad’s second, unofficial – but reliably pro-Syria – envoy is Lebanon’s ambassador to Washington, Farid Abboud. Abboud, who has been in Washington for eight years, was appointed by the pro-Syria Lebanese president Emile Lahoud. As a matter of policy, the administration has treated Abboud as a Syrian official
and has studiously avoided contact. The absence of a Lebanese ambassador to Washington who is accountable to his own government reflects the ongoing Syrian influence in Lebanon.

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