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Jihad Makdissi, Syria's Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Reportedly Defects

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Syrian foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi speaks during a press conference in Damascus on July 15, 2012. (LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/GettyImages) | Getty Images


CAIRO, Dec 3 (Reuters) - 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.

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