| GEO World|
| Syria says expects Obama to send ambassador soon|
| Updated at: 0848 PST, Wednesday, February 18, 2009|
LONDON: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was quoted on Wednesday as saying he expected U.S. President Barack Obama to send an ambassador to Syria soon to make good on a dialogue offer to countries previously shunned by Washington.
Assad said in an interview with a British newspaper he hoped for a new relationship with the United States after the George W. Bush era and that Washington would act as the "main arbiter" in the stalled Middle East peace process. "An ambassador is important," said Assad.