Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem dies: State media

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem has died at 79, Syrian state media reported early Monday.

Al-Muallem was also the deputy prime minister of Syria, according to SANA.

He was first appointed foreign minister in 2006 and had been one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s top confidantes.

Born in 1941, al-Muallem served as Syria’s ambassador to the United States from 1990 to 1999.

No further details were provided on the cause of death.

Al-Muallem was most recently seen last week during a conference the Syrian regime hosted to discuss the return of million Syrian refugees.

Source: Al Arabiya


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