FILE PHOTO: Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al Mekdad, attends the funeral of Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moalem, at Saad bin Muath Mosque in Damascus, Syria, November 16, 2020.
REUTERS/Omar SanadikiAMMAN (Reuters) - Syria’s President Bashar al Assad named veteran diplomat Faisal Mekdad as foreign minister on Sunday to replace Walid Moalem, who died last week, state media reported.
Mekdad, 66, had been deputy foreign minister since 2006.
Assad also appointed Bashar al-Jaafari, currently ambassador to the U.N., as deputy foreign minister.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif phoned Mekdad and congratulated him on his new position, stressing Tehran’s “continued strategic cooperation” with Syria, official Iranian media outlets said.
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