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

Syria’s long-serving foreign minister, Walid al-Moallem, was buried on Monday, after dying earlier in the day, at age 79, due to unrevealed causes, according to Syrian officials.He was laid to rest after a small funeral in the capital, Damascus, attended by senior Foreign Ministry officials, the assistant secretary general of the Baath Party, ministers and lawmakers.Syrian state media said al-Moallem, “known for his honourable national positions in various political and diplomatic arenas,” died at dawn on Monday, but did not reveal the cause of death.In March 2014, al-Moallem underwent heart s…

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