Today, Thursday, news users of social media circulated the death of Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem, citing a tweet attributed to the new Lebanese Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti.
However, the Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister, Faisal Al-Miqdad, denied the authenticity of the news, saying that the Minister, who is a teacher, is in good health, and he is following his work regularly in his office in the Foreign Ministry.
Lebanese sources had said that what was attributed to the Foreign Minister Nassif even about the death of Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem was incorrect, noting that a denial statement would be issued by the Foreign Ministry shortly.
It quoted Minister Nassif as saying: “There is piracy on my site, and the allegation of Walid al-Muallem’s death has nothing to do with him.”
Walid al-Muallem is the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates in Syria since 2006, born in the capital Damascus in 1941, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from Cairo University in Egypt.
It is noteworthy that the UN Special Envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen, announced today, Thursday, that he will hold talks with Walid al-Muallem on the 29th of this month in Damascus.
Diplomatic sources indicated that Pedersen will arrive in Damascus on January 28, meet the Syrian foreign minister on 29, and leave on the 30th of it, or perhaps earlier, according to media reports.
In the middle of this month, Al-Muallem appeared during his condolences for the death of the former Sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Saeed, in the capital, Muscat, where he then met the new Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, and the minister responsible for foreign affairs in the Sultanate of Oman, Yousef bin Alawi.