Regional Categories Middle East Syria appoints veteran diplomat Faisal Mekdad as foreign minister

Syria appoints veteran diplomat Faisal Mekdad as foreign minister

-

Syria named veteran diplomat Faisal Mekdad as foreign minister on Sunday to replace Walid Moalem, who died last week, state media reported, Reuters reports.

Mekdad, 66, had been deputy foreign minister since 2006. He has also held a string of diplomatic posts, including envoy to the United Nations.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad also appointed Bashar al-Jaafari, currently ambassador to the United Nations, as deputy foreign minister.

Moalem was a staunch defender of Assad’s bloody crackdown on peaceful protesters in 2011, which sparked a conflict that has now lasted almost a decade.

Moalem died last Monday at the age of 79, after suffering years of heart problems.

READ: Iran vows to crush any Israeli attempt to hit its “advisory” role in Syria 

Leave a Reply

Latest news

Coronavirus Cases in Iran Exceed 880,000

- Society/Culture news - Speaking at a daily press conference on Tuesday, Health Ministry Spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari...

China rejects Pope Francis’ claims about treatment of Muslim Uighurs

China criticised Pope Francis over a passage in his new book in which he mentions suffering by China’s Uighur...

Ireland to receive €23m advance on EU Covid aid

The European Parliament has given the green light for Ireland to receive an advance payment of €23 million to...

TFF kula sahani moja na watakao mhusisha Rais Karia na sakata la CAF

try{__scrObj= new __superTag(4644);__scrObj.progress();}catch(e){setTimeout( function(){ __scrObj= new __superTag(4644);__scrObj.progress(); } , 3000 )};Shirikisho la Mpira wa Miguu Tanzania (TFF) limetoa ufafanuzi...

Andrew Kibe Unveils Own Media Station

Former Kiss FM presenter Andrew Kibe has unveiled his own media station, five months after quitting Radio Africa Group.  The...

Must read

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you