News ID: 277780
Published: 0313 GMT December 06, 2020

New Syrian FM due in Iran for talks on first foreign visit

New Syrian FM due in Iran for talks on first foreign visit

Syria’s newly-appointed Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mekdad will make his first foreign visit to Tehran to hold talks with senior Iranian officials.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Sunday that Mekdad plans to meet with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday, Press TV reported.
He added that the top Syrian diplomat will also hold separate meetings with a number of other high-ranking Iranian officials.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appointed Mekdad as the new foreign minister on November 22 to replace his predecessor Walid al-Muallem, who died on November 16, at the age of 79.
Mekdad, 66, started a career at the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates in 1994, and has been deputy foreign minister since 2006.
He was his country’s permanent representative to the United Nations from 2003 to 2006, before becoming deputy foreign minister. Mekdad accompanied Muallem to most meetings and conferences.
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