Syrian President Bashar al-Assad assigned the position of Foreign Minister to Faisal al-Miqdad, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, to succeed Walid al-Muallem, who died last week, according to what was reported by the regime’s media.
In addition to the decree naming al-Miqdad, Assad issued two other decrees appointing Syria’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Bashar al-Jaafari, as deputy foreign minister, and appointing Ambassador Bassam al-Sabbagh to replace al-Jaafari in New York.
Al-Miqdad has held the position of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs since 2006.
Walid al-Muallem died last Monday at the age of 79, after spending 14 years at the head of the Syrian Foreign Ministry.
During his multiple appearances in the midst of the Syrian revolution, Al-Muallem was a front for the regime, as he appeared in a number of press conferences in which he sought to market the regime’s narrative about the various events that his country was going through, and appeared with strange statements; For example, he spoke about forgetting the existence of Europe from the map, and he spoke in a view from Tehran about a “global war” against Syria.
In August 2011, Al-Muallem was included in the list of Syrian personalities who are subject to American sanctions, and which prevent financial dealings with them, and their money in American banks or on American soil is seized, and it is covered by the sanctions imposed by the European Union on the most prominent symbols of the Assad regime, which states Asset freeze and travel ban to EU countries.