Den første amerikanske ambassadøren til Syria siden 2005 skulle vært bekreftet av Senatet i disse dager, men administrasjonen har utsatt godkjennelsen. Grunn: Syria tillater smugling av avanserte våpen til Hizbollah. USA frykter en ny krig.

Det er Washington-korrespondenten til kuwaitiske Al-Rai Al-Aam som melder dette.

Robert Ford was supposed to have been confirmed by the Senate for the post, making him the first American ambassador in Syria since 2005.

According to the daily, the decision to postpone the appointment was prompted by information about trucks bearing advance weaponry that passed from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon, with the Syrian regime’s blessing. The report is based on quotes from American sources who spoke with Al-Rai Al-Aam’s Washington reporter.

The report says that Senator John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, passed the Syrian leadership a message from the U.S. administration when he visited Damascus earlier this month. Kerry asked for explanations about the relationship between Syria and Hezbollah, and voiced reservations over Syrian support for the Shi’ite organization.

The American source told the reporter the kind of weapons transported to Hezbollah – scud missiles – could start a new war with Israel.

U.S. delays Syria envoy over Hezbollah arms deal