The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel, welcomed the appointment of Ghassan Salamé, Lebanon’s former Culture Minister, as UN Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), and expressed his willingness to continue the cooperation and the coordination for a political solution based on dialogue and reconciliation in Libya.
Mr. Ghassan Salameh will succeed Martin Kobler of Germany.
He brings to this position over three decades of experience in public service and academia.
In 2003, Mr. Salamé served as the Political Adviser to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
He was then appointed as Senior Adviser to the Secretary-General (2003-2007, 2012).
In 2016, he joined the Commission on the Rakhine State (Myanmar) chaired by Kofi Annan.
For most of his career, Mr. Salamé was a professor of international relations.
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