Farouk Al Sharaa was born in 1938 in the southern Syrian town of Deraa. He graduated from Damascus University with a degree in English Language in 1963, before joining the ranks of the Syrian Arab Airlines. Al Sharaa studied International Law at the University of London between 1971 and 1972, but returned to work for Syrian Airlines until 1976, when he was appointed Syria’s Ambassador to Italy by Hafez Al Assad. Al Sharaa was then appointed Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in 1980, and later Minister of Foreign Affairs (1984) before his last appointment, as Vice President of the Syrian Arab Republic, in 2006.
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