Syrians’ pages on social media were full of pictures of Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem, who passed away at dawn today.
Impressive words were written by the Syrians bidding farewell to their most prominent political leaders, mentioning his calm and strength of his stances in defending the homeland in international forums for years, stressing that their loss is great due to the loss of the “Mighty Man” as they described him, considering it a sad day for Syria …
Note that the late Moallem is the first Syrian foreign minister who dies while in office since the beginning of the Ba’ath regime in Syria in 1963, and he is the third foreign minister since 1970 during the era of Presidents Hafez and Bashar al-Assad. He was preceded by Abdel Halim Khaddam and Farouk al-Shara.
The Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates mourned the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Walid Muallem, at dawn today, at the age of 79.
The funeral of the deceased from the Al-Shami Hospital was attended by official and popular attendance. Prayers took place over his body in Saad bin Muadh Mosque, and the burial was carried out in the Mezze cemetery in Damascus.
The late Al-Moallem was born in Damascus in 1941, married and has 3 children.
Regarding his biography, Al-Muallem finished his school studies in 1960, then joined Cairo University, graduating from it in 1963 with a BA in economics, and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1964 and served in missions in Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, Spain and England …
In 1975, he was appointed ambassador to his country, Syria, in the Republic of Romania until 1980, when he was appointed Director of the Documentation and Translation Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1980 until 1984, and then Director of the Department of Private Offices from 1984 until 1990 ..
He was also appointed ambassador to the United States from 1990 until 1999, then was appointed assistant to the foreign minister at the beginning of the year 2000.
He held the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs since 2006 and was named Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates since 2012, and he remained in the position until his death was announced at the dawn of November 16, 2020.
Note that the late four books are: Palestine and Armed Peace 1970, Syria in the Mandate Period from 1917 to 1948, Syria from Independence to Unity from 1948 to 1958, and The World and the Middle East in the American Perspective. .
The late Al-Muallem was distinguished by his calmness to the point of coldness while he was elusive in defending Syria in all international forums, especially during the years of war.