Tarek Mitri

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Tarek Mitri
Born 16 September 1950
Tripoli, Lebanon
Nationality  Lebanon Lebanese
Alma mater Paris X university Nanterre
American University of Beirut
Occupation University professor
Religion Christianity

Tarek Mitri (born 16 September 1950) is a Lebanese Greek Orthodox university professor and independent politician who served in different positions.

Early life and education[edit]

Mitri was born on 16 September 1950.[1] He has a PhD. in political science from the University of Paris X.[2]


Mitri worked as a lecturer at Saint Joseph University in Beirut from 1982 to 1991.[3] In addition, he served as a visiting professor in several international institutions.[2] He has extensive experience promoting Christian-Muslim relations and has published on the subject.[4] Mitri was environment and administrative development minister in 2005. He also acted as acting foreign minister before the cabinet formed by Fouad Siniora in 2006.[5] He was appointed information minister to the cabinet led by then prime minister Fouad Siniora on 11 July 2008.[6]

On 12 September 2012, he was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as his special representative and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).[7]


Mitri states his role is more as an advocate for the intellectuals and the artists along with their freedom of expression and thought. He has also known to be a staunch advocater for Lebanese unity.[8]


  1. ^ "Tarek Mitri's Profile". Katagogi. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Dr. Tarek Mitri". Fikr Conference. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Tarek Mitri". Berkley Center. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Talking To: Tarek Mitri". Now Lebanon. 2 April 2008. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Foreign governments voice support for Siniora Cabinet". The Daily Star. 4 December 2006. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Profiles: Lebanon's new government". Lebanon Wire. 12 July 2008. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Secretary-General Appoints Tarek Mitri of Lebanon Special Representative, Head of United Nations Support Mission in Libya". UN. 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Religious Pluralism and Civil Society: An Interfaculty Working Group at Harvard University". Pluralism. 23 April 2003. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Minister of Information
2009 – 2011
Succeeded by
Walid Daouk
Preceded by
Minister of Environment and Administrative Development
2005 – 2008
Succeeded by