Faisal Mekdad

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Faisal Mekdad
فيصل المقداد
Syrian Deputy-Foreign Minister
In office
2006 – current
11th Permanent Representative of Syria to the United Nations
In office
2003–2006
Preceded by Mikhail Wehbe
Succeeded by Bashar Jaafari
Personal details
Born 1954
Ghasm,Syria
Nationality Syrian
Children 3
Alma mater Damascus University, Charles University in Prague
Profession Politician

Faisal Mekdad (Arabic: فيصل المقداد‎) is the Syrian Deputy-Foreign Minister and former Permanent Envoy to the United Nations.[1]

Life and Education[edit]

Faisal Mekdad was born in the village of Ghasm in Daraa Governorate in 1954. He graduated in 1978 from Damascus University with a degree in English. He later got his PhD in English Literature from Charles University in Prague in 1993.[2] While at Charles University, he was a part of the International Union of Students.[3]

Work[edit]

After graduating from Charles University, Mekdad became a diplomat in the Syrian Foreign Ministry. In 1995, he became a member of the Permanent Syrian Delegation to the United Nations where he represented Syria in numerous conferences. He was appointed as the Deputy to the Permanent Representative of Syria to the United Nations, under Mikhail Wehbe.[2]

In 2003, Mekdad became the Permanent Representative of Syria to the United Nations, a position he held until 2006, when he was appointed as Deputy-Foreign Minister.[2]

Syrian Revolution[edit]

Mekdad has denied accusations of his regime's crackdown on protesters after the start of the Syrian Uprising. He has held interviews with Western and Arab Media outlets about the uprising, where he has spoken in support of Bashar Al-Assad.[3] He has promoted the government's claim that that his government is fighting armed terrorist insurgents, and when asked by a BBC reporter whether he believes his regime is winning the war, he responded saying "We shall win it, we are winning it, yes." [4] Mekdad was a part of the delegation representing the Syrian Regime during the Geneva II Conference on Syria. The other members with him were Bashar Jaafari, Omran al-Zoubi, Bouthaina Shaaban, Walid Muallem, and Luna Shabal.[5] During the Geneva Conference, Mekdad held press conferences where he denied accusations by the Syrian National Coalition that his government was holding children in their prisons.[6] Also during the Geneva conference, Mekdad was infuriated by questions by an Orient TV reporter, he told the reporter, "you are the ones who represent imprudence and decadence," and physically pushed the reporter away with his hand.[7] Not knowing that the microphones could hear them, in one press conference during the Geneava talks, Mekdad whispered to Mohamed al-Mohamed, a Syrian diplomat for the Syrian embassy in Geneva, saying "We are giving a bad image, we are not giving the other side a chance".[8]

Family[edit]

Faisal Mekdad is married with one son and two daughters.[2] Mekdad's father was kidnapped by gunmen on 18 May 2013 in his village of Ghasm.[9]

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