Mr. Klibi graduated with a Baccalaureat de l' Enseignement Secondaire in philosophy from Sadiki College in 1944. After graduate work at the Pantheon-Sorbonne University where he earned a degree in Arabic language and literature in 1947. Having mastered the Arabic and French languages, he lectured at the Institut des Hautes Etudes and the Ecole Normale Superieure.
After becoming Director General of Radio Tunis in 1958, he became the Tunisian Minister of Cultural Affairs (1961 - 1970, 1971 - 1973, 1976 - 1978) under the chairmanship of Habib Bourguiba, then chief of staff to the president from 1974 to 1976 before being Minister of Information from 1978 to 1979. He also served as mayor of Carthage from 1963 to 1990.
Klibi was appointed secretary general of the Arab League in March 1979, as a result of the Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty. In 1990, he resigned from the post without explanation. As secretary general he held three ordinary summits for the Heads of Arab States and six extraordinary summits. As member of the House of Councillors from 2005 to 2008, Klibi spent his retirement in his Carthage residence with his wife Klibi Kalthoum.
He wrote Orient-Occident - la paix violente which was published in 1999. This book was written in the form of an interview with French journalist Jennifer Moll, in which he envisages several matters involving Islam, Europe and his experiences as secretary general of the Arab League.
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