To the Editor:

Re “Syrian Elite to Fight Protests to ‘the End’ ” (news article, May 11):

I wish to inform you that Rami Makhlouf, a businessman whom you interviewed at length, is a private citizen in Syria. He holds no official position in the Syrian government and does not speak on behalf of the Syrian authorities. The opinions he expressed are exclusively his and cannot be associated in any way with the official positions of the government of the Syrian Arab Republic.

Ambassador of Syria
Washington, May 11, 2011