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Syrian FM Walid Moallem undergoes bypass surgery

File photo of Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

BEIRUT: Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem underwent a successful heart surgery after being admitted to a Beirut hospital, SANA reported Friday.

Medical sources told The Daily Star that Moallem was in stable condition at the American University of Beirut-Medical Center's intensive care unit where he was admitted late Thursday for bypass surgery.

The source said Moallem, 73, was taken to hospital under tight security measures.

Moallem has been Syria's top diplomat since 2006 and led the Syrian government delegation at recent peace talks.

Two rounds of peace negotiations in January and February failed to result in an agreement on a transitional government or halt the war that has killed an estimated 146,000 people since the uprising began in March 2011.





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