Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem has died
Damascus: Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem has died.
Arab media have confirmed the death of the Syrian foreign minister, saying there were no immediate reasons for the death of 79-year-old Walid al-Muallem. ۔
Walid al-Muallem also served as Syria’s deputy prime minister and was appointed foreign minister in 2006, after which he served for a long time.
Walid al-Muallem was considered close to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and a strong supporter of the Syrian president’s policies.
According to Arab media, the Syrian government says that after the death of Walid al-Muallem, the name of the new foreign minister is being considered, for which his deputy and highly experienced diplomat Faisal Mekdad is likely to be made foreign minister.
A statement issued by the Syrian government said that Walid al-Muallem was a patriotic figure and would be buried in Damascus.
The late Walid al-Muallem, Syria’s foreign minister for 14 years, was a former diplomat and also served as Syria’s ambassador to the United States for nine years in the 1990s.