0
Tuesday 4 December 2012 - 08:56

Diplomatic source: Syrian foreign ministry spokesman defects

Story Code : 217787
A Syrian family from the northern Syrian town of Ras al-Ain in front of the Turkish border fence in the northern Syrian town of Ceylanpinar, Nov. 25, 2012.
A Syrian family from the northern Syrian town of Ras al-Ain in front of the Turkish border fence in the northern Syrian town of Ceylanpinar, Nov. 25, 2012.
"He defected. All I can say is that he is out of Syria," the source, who did not want to be named, told Reuters.

Makdissi, who belongs to Syria's Christian minority, staunchly defended Assad's crackdown on the 20-month revolt against five decades of autocratic rule by Assad and his late father.

A former diplomat, Makdissi is fluent in English, a rarity in the state apparatus shaped by xenophobic Baath Party ideology. But he had little influence in a system underpinned by the security apparatus in which the foreign ministry has no say.

Lebanon's al-Manar Television said earlier that Makdissi had been sacked for making statements which did not reflect official positions.
Related Stories
Comment