Veteran Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moallem dies aged 79

Syria’s veteran Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem died on Monday at the age of 79, Syria’s Council of Ministers and Foreign Ministry said in a statement.Syrian state media said al-Moallem died at dawn Monday, but did not reveal the cause of death.Al-Moallem, known for his calm and soft-spoken voice, served as Syria’s ambassador to the United States from 1990 until 1999.He has been Syria’s foreign minister since 2006. He was also named deputy prime minister in 2012 and has held both portfolios since then.Al-Maollem was regarded as the country’s top diplomat, and was known for his loyalty to Syr…

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