U.S. provides 52,000 meals to Syrian opposition
Patrick Ventrell, the acting deputy spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, said that Ford helped the U.S. government deliver 52,000 MREs, also known as meals ready to eat, to the Syrian Coalition's Supreme Military Council. During the delivery, Ford met with commanders from the Free Syrian Army.
"On Thursday, Ambassador Ford travelled to the Syrian-Turkey border where he met with members of the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian opposition and participated in the U.S. government's delivery of 52,000 MREs to the Syrian Coalition - the Supreme Military Council," Ventrell said. "He crossed briefly into Syrian territory but remained within the vicinity of the border crossing area. While at the border crossing, he discussed the situation on the ground with FSA commanders and other Syrians - and the two commanders, just for your reference, were General Idris and also Mr. Akidi, who is the commander for the northern and Aleppo region."
When asked if the U.S. believed Ford breached the sovereignty of Syria by crossing into the country, Ventrell said that Ford remains the key point person and the ambassador to the people of Syria.
Ventrell was also asked about the recent confirmations from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and British Prime Minister David Cameron that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons. He said that the U.S. will continue to look at the assessment in a rigorous and methodical way.
"We continue our assessment; we're looking at it very carefully," Ventrell said. "And let me say this again, we want to investigate and look for any and all use - potential use of chemical weapons inside of Syria."
Ventrell said that he could not put a timeline on how long the investigation would take.