Charbel Wehbe is the new Foreign Minister for Lebanon





Ambassador Charbel Wehbe appointed Foreign Affairs Minister succeeding Minister Hitti

03 Aug 2020

Lebanon - Six hours after the submission of the resignation of former Minister, Nassif Hitti, Ambassador Charbel Wehbe was appointed as Foreign Affairs Minister. At 4:30pm today, Decree No. 6749 was issued accepting the resignation of Minister Hitti, Decree No. 6750 appointment of Ambassador Wehbe, after a meeting between the President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun and Prime Minister, Dr. Hassan Diab at the Presidential Palace, during which an agreement was made to appoint Ambassador Wehbe as Foreign Affairs Minister. The newly appointed Minister later joined President Aoun and Premier Diab, where he was informed of the decision and thanked them for their confidence, hoping that God will grant him success in his new missions.

Texts of the Two Decrees:

Then, Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers, Judge Mahmoud Makkiyeh, read the following Decrees:

Decree No. 6749:

Acceptance of the Minister’s Resignation:

 The President of the Republic, based on the Constitution.

Pursuant to Decree no. 6157 of January 21, 2020 (Government Formation).

According to the resignation letter submitted by Foreign Affairs Minister, Nassif Hitti, registered on August 3, 2020.

At the suggestion of the Prime Minister:

Article 1: The resignation of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Minister, Nassif Hitti, has been accepted.

Article 2: The Decree is published and notified where necessary.

Issued by the President of the Republic, Baabda August 3rd, 2020.

Signature: Hassan Diab, General Michel Aoun.

Decree No. 6750:

Mr. Charbel Wehbe is appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants.

The President of the Republic, based on the Constitution, especially Article 53, Paragraph 4.

Pursuant to Decree No. 6156 of January 21, 2020, which includes the appointment of Mr. Hassan Diab as Prime Minister.

According to Decree No. 6157 of January 21, 2020, which includes Government formation.

Pursuant to Decree No. 6749 of 3/8/2020, which includes accepting the resignation of Foreign Affairs Minister, Nassif Hitti, from the Government.

At the suggestion of the Prime Minister:

Article 1: Mr. Charbel Wehbe was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants.

Article 2: This Decree is published and notified where necessary, and is in effect upon issuance.

Issued by the President of the Republic, Baabda 3rd of August, 2020.

Signature: Hassan Diab, General Michel Aoun.

Prime Minister, Hasan Diab, then left Baabda Palace without issuing any statement.

Biography of Ambassador Charbel Wehbe:

Ambassador Charbel Wehbe was born in Aaqoura, on July 15th 1953, married to Mrs. Dolly Rahim and has three children: Pierre, Marc and Richard.

He holds a BA in Lebanese Law from the Faculty of Law at the Lebanese University in 1979, a BA in law from the Sagesse Higher Institute for Law Studies in 1979, and a Diploma in mathematics from the Faculty of Sciences at the Lebanese University in 1974. He is fluent in French, English and Arabic.

Upon retirement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency, President Michel Aoun, chose him as his advisor for diplomatic affairs, since October 2017.

Ambassador Wehbe enjoys a rich career spanning for 42 years in the Foreign Affairs Ministry, where he assumed the position of Secretary-General of the Ministry, during February 2017 and July 2017, after he assumed the position of Director of Political and Consular Affairs at the Ministry between 2012 and 2017, and he was the Lebanese Ambassador to Venezuela between 2007 and 2012, and Consul General of Lebanon in Los Angeles-United States, from 2002 to 207, and Consul General of Lebanon in Montreal-Canada between 1995 and 2000, and before that he was transferred to several diplomatic positions in Lebanese embassies of Cairo-Egypt, Lahay-Netherlands, Berlin-Germany and at the General Consulate of Lebanon in Toronto-Canada.

He holds the Order of Francisco de Miranda, First Class, from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.—Presidency Press Office


 














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