Oman has mourned the death of Walid Al-Muallem, the Syrian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, who passed away, earlier Monday, at the age of 79.
In an official statement issued online, Oman’s Foreign Ministry expressed its deepest condolences to Syria over the death of Al-Muallem, hailing ‘his outstanding contributions in the diplomatic work at the regional and international levels’.
Oman is the first Arab country to extend its condolences over Al-Muallem’s death.
It is worth mentioning that, Muallem was appointed the country’s top diplomat in 2006; he had also served as Syrian Deputy Prime Minister since 2012.
In his annual address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2019, Muallem said that “tens of thousands of foreign terrorist fighters have been brought to Syria from more than a hundred countries, with the support and cover of States that are known to all”, apparently referring to the US and Turkey, whose military presence in northern Syria has been considered illegal by Damascus.
He had also warned that Western claims of alleged use of chemicals weapons by Damascus served as a pretext to repeat the Iraq war scenario in Syria.