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CAIRO, (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.