Syria’s Foreign Minister Muallem dies at age 79

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, a stalwart of Bashar al-Assad’s regime who held his job through a decade of conflict and several reshuffles, died at the age of 79 yesterday.

The veteran diplomat, who had been foreign minister since 2006, started his career in the diplomatic service in 1964. In 2012, a year after Syria’s deadly conflict started, he was also made deputy prime minister.

The government announcement did not specify the cause of his death but his health was understood to be deteriorating for some time.

More details on Tuesday’s Borneo Bulletin