Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem dies: State media

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem speaks during a news conference, in Damascus, Syria, June 23, 2020. (AP)

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.

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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.

Russia's special envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev (L) sits next to Syrian FM Walid al-Muallem at the opening session of the international conference on the return of refugees held in Damascus on Nov. 11, 2020. (AFP)

Russia's special envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev (L) sits next to Syrian FM Walid al-Muallem at the opening session of the international conference on the return of refugees held in Damascus on Nov. 11, 2020. (AFP)

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