Ahmad Hassan (Syrian politician)

Ahmad Hassan is a Syrian diplomat and politician who served as information minister from 2003 to 2004.

Ahmad Hassan
Minister of Information
In office
2003 – 4 October 2004
PresidentBashar Assad
Prime MinisterMohammad Naji Al Otari
Preceded byAdnan Omran
Succeeded byMahdi Dakhlallah
Personal details
Political partySyrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party

Early lifeEdit

Hassan hails from an Alawi family based in Tartous.[1] He was born, in 1947, in a village near Lattakia and later moved to Baniyas.[1]


Hassan served as the head of the first Baathist school in the 1960s.[1] He is a member of Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party and close to former vice president Abdul Halim Khaddam.[1] He was also an auxiliary-member of the National Leadership until 1984 when then president Hafez Assad removed the Khaddam faction from the Leadership.[1]

Hassan served as Syria's ambassador to Iran for a long time since the early 1990s until being replaced by Hamid Hassan in May 2003.[2][3] He was appointed information minister in 2003 and replaced Adnan Omran in the post.[4] Hassan's term ended in October 2004 and he was succeeded by Mahdi Dakhlallah as information minister.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c d e Landis, Joshua (8 October 2004). "Asad's Alawi dilemma". Syria Comment. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  2. ^ Landis, Joshua (19 January 2005). "Islamism in Syria". Syria Comment. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  3. ^ von Maltzahn, Nadia (2015). The Syria-Iran Axis: Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations in the Middle East. I.B.Tauris. p. 72. ISBN 9781784531690.
  4. ^ Bar, Shmuel (2006). "Bashar's Syria: The Regime and its Strategic Worldview" (PDF). IPS. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  5. ^ Blanford, Nicholas (6 October 2004). "Questions remain after Syrian Cabinet reshuffle". The Daily Star. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  6. ^ Eyāl Zîser (2007). Commanding Syria: Bashar Al-Asad and the First Years in Power. I.B.Tauris. p. 69. ISBN 978-1-84511-153-3. Retrieved 12 March 2013.

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Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Information
Succeeded by