Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem has died at 79, Syrian state media reported early Monday.
Al-Muallem was also the deputy prime minister of Syria, according to SANA.
He was first appointed foreign minister in 2006 and had been one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s top confidantes.
Born in 1941, al-Muallem served as Syria’s ambassador to the United States from 1990 to 1999.
No further details were provided on the cause of death.
Al-Muallem was most recently seen last week during a conference the Syrian regime hosted to discuss the return of million Syrian refugees.