U.S. Department Of State
July 28, 2015
A Message to the Syrian People from Michael Ratney, the new U.S. Special Envoy for Syria
Al Salam Aleikum…I am Michael Ratney, the new U.S. Special Envoy for Syria. First, I want to greet the Syrian people and express my deep commitment to doing everything I can to help advance the prospects for Syrians to achieve the safe, inclusive, and prosperous future you have called for since 2011.
More than four years of heartbreaking loss, relentless barrel bombings, torture and detention, and wanton destruction have caused unspeakable pain and suffering for the Syrian people, But they have not silenced the resounding calls for a brighter future that restores Syria’s rich heritage of tolerance and dignity.
Significant challenges remain and more work lies ahead, but in my new role, I want to stress that the United States will continue to stand with you and support you, and I look forward to leading those efforts. Thank you.