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US envoy to Syria to hit road in push for progress

Michael Ratney, then US Consul General of Jerusalem, speaks at the American consulate in Jerusalem on June 4, 2015 during an American Independence day receptionThe newly appointed US special envoy for Syria will travel to Geneva, Moscow and Riyadh this week as American efforts to find a political solution to the conflict intensify, the State Department said Wednesday. Michael Ratney will meet Russian, Saudi and UN officials “to try to come up with options for some sort of political process, a political process that we know is going to have to include opposition groups and try to work through what that means and what that’s going to look like,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said. Ratney, who has previously worked for the State Department in Jerusalem, Doha and other cities in the Middle East, was appointed to his current post in July.

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