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Center Leads Science, Health and Higher Education Delegation to Syria

Syria_health_science_delegation_2009From March 9 to March 12, 2009, a group of distinguished American and Syrian leaders in diplomacy, science, health care, and higher education met in Damascus. The Center, along with the British Syrian Society and the University of Damascus, brought these experts together under the sponsorship of Mr. Wafic Saïd, a Syrian-born businessman and philanthropist. CSPC Trustee Pamela Scholl led the U.S. delegation, which included Ted Kattouf, former Ambassador to Syria and current President of AMIDEAST, and David Baltimore, Nobel laureate and immediate past Chair of the Board at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. During three days of frank and substantive discussion, participants examined the challenges facing Syria, the state of U.S.-Syria relations, opportunities for rapprochement, and areas of cooperation and exchange that could have an immediate impact. The arrival of this delegation was well-received by the highest levels of the Syrian government, including President Bashar al-Assad, with whom the delegation met for an hour. A full report is being produced, which will include a number of concrete recommendations to improve relations and foster cooperation through science, health and higher education.
Read more about the U.S.-Syrian Dialogue.
Read the press release on the Delegation.