|12th Permanent Representative of Syria to the United Nations|
2006 – Incumbent
|Preceded by||Faisal Meqdad|
|Born||April 14, 1956
|Political party||Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party – Syria Region|
|Alma mater||University of Sceaux
University of Paris
University of Sharif Hedayatuallah
Bashar Jaafari, also Ja'afari, (Arabic: بشار جعفري) (b. April 14, 1956 - Damascus) is the current Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations Headquarters in New York. He is a member of the prestigious and close-knit Jaafari family of Damascus, Syria.
Bashar Ja'afari began his work experience in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1980. He was the Third Secretary at the Syrian Embassy in Paris between 1983-1988. Ja'afari achieved the professional level of Counselor during the years of 1991-1994 while serving at the Permanent Mission of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations Headquarters in New York. He served again at the Syrian Embassy in France at the level of Minister Counselor in 1997-1998. From 1998-2002, Ja'afari was appojnted Minister Plenipotentiary and Chargé d'Affaires at the Syrian Embassy in Indonesia. In 2002, he was assigned Director of the Department of International Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Damascus, Syria; he held the position until 2004. Ja'afari was then sworn in as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations Office in Geneva. In 2006, Ja'afari was sworn in as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Jaafari's daughter has been strongly criticized for working as a media consultant to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In this role Sheherazad Jaafari has liaised with regime insiders such as Bouthaina Shaaban and negotiated media interviews with American, French and German media, including a high profile Barbara Walters interview for ABC News. Jaafari has characterized criticism of his daughter as 'somebody ... seeking to get to the Syrian ambassador' through her, as his daughter holds a tenuous United States visa.
- "Aide helped Assad ‘spin’ atrocities". New York Post. 13 June 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
- "Syria's U.N. ambassador rips criticism of his daughter". CNN. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012.