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Source: Syrian foreign ministry spokesman defects
Syrian foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi has defected from President Bashar al-Assad's government and has left the country, a regional diplomatic source said on Monday. "All I can say is that he is out of Syria," the source, who did not want to be named, told Reuters.

 

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