After over two decades: Shara removed from Syria's foreign ministry post

Published February 11th, 2006 - 04:45 GMT

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad named Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara as Vice President on Saturday. The new appointment was done through an official presidential decree. “Shara will be responsible for executing foreign and media policy under the directions of the president,” the decree said.

 

Al-Assad has also appointed new interior and foreign ministers. Senior security officer Bassam Abdel Majeed was named as interior minister and prominent diplomat Walid al-Moualem took the foreign affairs portfolio.

 

Majeed succeeds the late general Ghazi Kanaan, who committed suicide last year. Walid al-Moualem, a former ambassador to Washington, replaces al-Shara.

 

Shara has been first appointed as minister of state for foreign affairs in 1980. Shara was accused in a recent UN report of giving false statements about his meetings with slain Lebanon's ex-premier Rafic al Hariri.

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