New Syrian ambassador to France is named

French President Francois Hollande and the new Syrian opposition leader have announced plans to install a new ambassador to represent Syria in France.

The move came after talks Saturday at the presidential palace in Paris between Hollande and Moaz al-Khatib, head of the newly formed Syrian opposition coalition. France is the only Western country to have formally recognized the group as the representative of the Syrian people.

The new ambassador is Mounzir Makhous, an academic.


French President Francois Hollande, second from left, head of the new Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces Mouaz al-Khatib, second from right, Syrian opposition member Suheir Atassi, left, and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, right, pose for photos, prior to a meeting, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. France has taken a leading role among Western countries in supporting Syria's rebels. On Tuesday, it became the first Western nation to formally recognize Syria's newly formed opposition coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)