Veteran Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moallem dies, aged 79

Syrian officials are preparing for the Monday burial of Walid al-Moallem, the country’s long-serving foreign minister, who died earlier in the day of unrevealed causes, aged 79, Syria’s Council of Ministers and Foreign Ministry said in a statement.Syrian state media said al-Moallem died at dawn on Monday, but did not reveal the cause of death.”The late minister al-Moallem, known for his honourable national positions in various political and diplomatic arenas, will be buried later Monday in Damascus,” state media reported.In March 2014, al-Moallem underwent heart surgery after he was rushed to …

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