Left Menu
Development News Edition

Syria's Assad names new FM to replace late diplomat

Syria's President Bashar Assad named a new foreign minister on Sunday, appointing Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad to replace a longtime diplomat who passed away last week after holding the post for more than a decade.

PTI | Damascus | Updated: 22-11-2020 22:14 IST | Created: 22-11-2020 22:14 IST
Syria's Assad names new FM to replace late diplomat

Syria's President Bashar Assad named a new foreign minister on Sunday, appointing Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad to replace a longtime diplomat who passed away last week after holding the post for more than a decade. Walid al-Moallem died on November 16 at the age of 79. During the past decade's uprising against Assad, he became one of the country's most prominent faces to the outside world.

Like his predecessor, Mekdad is a career diplomat who has been a close confidant of Assad and a harsh critic of the opposition during Syria's nearly 10-year conflict. The war has killed nearly half a million people and displaced half the country's population. Mekdad has represented Syria in conferences throughout the world since becoming deputy foreign minister in 2006.

Assad also appointed Bashar Ja'afari, Syria's ambassador to the United Nations, to take over the role of deputy foreign minister. Bassam Sabbagh, a senior Foreign Ministry official, was named to the UN post..


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Turbulence surrounding tobacco control in Ghana

... ...

Refugee compassion and response: Ideas to mitigate disasters now and in their future

Their homeland becomes a forbidden territory for them and more likely than not, their journey to foreign soil is no less traumatizing, not to say deadly. It is crucial to help refugees live a life of dignity and purpose....

Inadequate water infrastructure causes a tidal wave of coronavirus in rural Alaska

... ...

Videos

Latest News

French Finance Minister says will get COVID-19 vaccine when possible

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Friday he would get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as he could, despite a vocal anti-vaccination movement in France.As soon as it will be possible, I will get vaccinated. I think all membe...

Mumbai, Dec 4 (PTI)

SILVER SPOT IN RS PER kg 62858.00 STANDARD GOLD 99.5 49164.00 PURE GOLD 99.9 49362.00 PTI MUM SVC SHWSHW...

UK hopes for millions of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine doses this year-minister

Britain hopes that millions of doses of the PfizerBioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will be delivered by the end of the year but the total will depend on how quickly it can be manufactured, Britains business minister Alok Sharma said on Friday.Brit...

Hungary PM insists rule of law must be separated from EU budget

Hungary still cannot accept a clause on respecting the rule of law attached to the European Unions budget and coronavirus recovery fund, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday, adding that the issues should be dealt with separately. He ...

Give Feedback