Syrian Foreign Minister Rushed to Beirut Hospital, update

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mouallem 091013The Syrian foreign minister was rushed to a Beirut hospital and was undergoing treatment Friday for blocked coronary arteries, Lebanese security officials and a lawmaker said.

Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, who is in his 70s, is known for his hard-line stance against the opposition and is a close confidant of President Bashar Assad. It is not clear if the overweight al-Moallem has had heart problems in the past.

Al-Moallem was brought to the American University of Beirut Medical Center, according to Lebanese security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Lebanese lawmaker Assem Qanso, who visited al-Moallem on Friday, told reporters outside the hospital that Syria’s top diplomat is “in stable condition” and would undergo an operation.

“Some of his arteries are blocked. He will undergo an operation and God willing it will be good. It is not dangerous,” Qanso, a close ally of the Syrian government, told The Associated Press in brief comments.

The security officials said that when al-Moallem arrived at the hospital, he was walking slowly. Officials at the AUBMC — which has treated several ranking officials from Assad’s government in the past — refused to confirm that al-Moallem was being treated there, saying they give no such information to “third parties” but only to medial teams, the patient and family members.

Lebanese police and plainclothes officers were deployed outside the hospital in Beirut. Syria’s ambassador to Lebanon, Ali Abdul-Karim Ali, was seen entering the facility earlier on Friday morning, presumably to visit al-Moallem but did not speak to reporters.

Al-Moallem led the Syrian government delegation to the U.N-hosted peace talks with the opposition in Switzerland earlier this year.

A career diplomat, he served as ambassador to Washington for nine years, starting in 1990 during Syria’s on-and-off peace talks with Israel.

In January, at the start of Syria’s peace conference in Montreux, Switzerland, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon repeatedly asked al-Moallem to step away from the podium when he exceeded his time limit while giving his speech.

“You live in New York. I live in Syria,” al-Moallem snapped at the time, ignoring Ban’s appeal to conclude his opening remarks.

ABC/AP

Update: Al-Jadeed ( New ) TV reported that the Syrian FM has been admitted into the surgery room for an open-heart operation.

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18 responses to “Syrian Foreign Minister Rushed to Beirut Hospital, update”

  1. Lebanese collaboration with Assad’s officials. You are controlled by Assad, Hezbollah and Iran.

  2. 5th ass Avatar

    I bet half of the lb. army and HA are on high security alert – in and around the hospital – to protect that rat from being blown up ! Syrian got a never! how about all the other Syrians that being blown up to pieces by dropped barrels bombs – killed or injured- history will not forget these scum criminals, their time will come. God be my witness

    1. Hind Abyad Avatar
      Hind Abyad

      It’s predicted in your Bible..God is your witness,

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        Yes .. I was sure I read that line … Something in ‘Prophecies’.
        “Fat Slobs Shall Be Cleansed, soon as I can get around to it”.

        1. barabie Avatar

          In my line of business fat slobs r my best clients. Everytime I look at a fat slob my eyes see dollar signs.

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Really Barabie? Is that clothing or exercise??
            Mmmm .. do they let you whip them into shapes? 😉

          2. barabie Avatar

            Exercise. Yeh they love it when I yell at them even as they r about to have a heart attack haha

          3. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            This, I believe. 😉

      2. 5th ass Avatar

        I am glad we agreed on something !

  3. Constantin7 Avatar
    Constantin7

    How come they always come to Lebanon to be hospitalized ? Don’t they have hospitals and doctors in Syria ? If so, I am waiting for Bashar to come and get hospitalized one day….

    1. Hind Abyad Avatar
      Hind Abyad

      Hospitals, bridges, chicken farms..universities, etc.. bombed by i guess foreign mercenaries, Syrian rebels wouldn’t destroy public facilities (?):)

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        Only bombed by Asshead’s Barrels.
        As I said to a doctor in Tripoli recently – where this Jerk should be getting ‘fixed’ in the undersupplied hospital – when the killers who are living only to die in glory come in, they should let them carry on. Too bad they couldn’t save a 10-yr-old girl instead.

        1. barabie Avatar

          No no 5th. All that proof of assaad destroying Syria is just western/salafi/Wahhabi PR. assaad is actually a Tibetan monk who believes in non violence and democracy.
          Well at least that’s what hind legs would like u to believe.

  4. libnan1 Avatar

    That goes to show you how bad the FSA are with aiming. How can you miss a body that big?

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      I think all the fat just deflects the lead … it roams around … never quite gets to the meat- unless it’s a head-shot.

    2. 5th ass Avatar

      Now you are talking sense!

  5. nagy_michael2 Avatar
    nagy_michael2

    Where are Al Nusra when you need them. You could have gotten the fat slob and his stooge Qanso. God willing he will not survive and he will like a dog he is. What he did to Lebanon and lebanese will never be forgiven. Anyone sides with this Bastards is no different than siding with Sharon of Israel then.

  6. barabie Avatar

    Do they charge him double seeing he/it would’ve required two beds?

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