Assad Names Mekdad New FM, Jaafari Deputy FM

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday appointed Faisal Mekdad as Syria’s new foreign minister, replacing Walid Muallem who died last week, the presidency announced in a statement.

Mekdad will be replaced as deputy foreign minister by Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari, the statement said.

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