Syria president names Faisal Mekdad new Foreign min

Syria president Bashar al-Assad names Faisal Mekdad new Foreign minister

Syria's new Foreign Minister Faisal al Mekdad. Credit: Reuters Photo

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.