Tarek Mitri

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Tarek Mitri
طارق متري
Tarek Mitri, Minister of Culture and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2007).jpg
Representative of Lebanon addresses Security Council

Tarek Mitri, Minister of Culture and Minister of Foreign Affairs , a.i of Lebanon

New York 30 May 2007
Born (1950-09-16) September 16, 1950 (age 69)
Alma materParis X university Nanterre
American University of Beirut
OccupationUniversity professor

Tarek Mitri (Arabic: طارق متري‎; born 16 September 1950) is a Lebanese university professor, independent politician and former government minister.

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 served as a visiting professor in several international institutions.[2] He has extensive experience promoting Christian-Muslim relations and has published on the subject.[3] Mitri was environment and administrative development minister in 2005. He was minister of culture and foreign minister in the cabinet formed by Fouad Siniora in 2005.[4] He was appointed information minister to the cabinet led by then prime minister Fouad Siniora on 11 July 2008 and the following government of Saad Hariri in 2009.[5]

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).[6]

He was appointed director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut on 16 October 2014.[7] He also chairs the board of the distinguished Sursock Museum in Beirut and that of the Institute of Palestine Studies. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies.[8]


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.[9]


  1. ^ "Tarek Mitri's Profile". Katagogi. Archived from the original on 3 February 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Dr. Tarek Mitri". Fikr Conference. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Talking To: Tarek Mitri". Now Lebanon. 2 April 2008. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Foreign governments voice support for Siniora Cabinet". The Daily Star. 4 December 2006. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Profiles: Lebanon's new government". Lebanon Wire. 12 July 2008. Archived from the original on 11 May 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Secretary-General Appoints Tarek Mitri of Lebanon Special Representative, Head of United Nations Support Mission in Libya". UN. 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  7. ^ "AUB announces appointment of Tarek Mitri as new IFI director". The Daily Star Newspaper - Lebanon. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  8. ^ https://www.dohainstitute.org/en/AboutUs/Pages/BoardOfDirectors.aspx
  9. ^ "Religious Pluralism and Civil Society: An Interfaculty Working Group at Harvard University". Pluralism. 23 April 2003. Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ghazi Aridi
Minister of Information
2008 – 2011
Succeeded by
Walid Daouk
Preceded by
Fawzi Salloukh
Interim Minister of Foreign Affairs
2006 – 2008
Succeeded by
Fawzi Salloukh
Preceded by
Assad Risk
Minister of Culture
2005 – 2008
Succeeded by
Tammam Salam
Preceded by
Ibrahim Daher
Minister of Administrative Reform
Succeeded by
Jean Oghassapian
Preceded by
Wi'am Wahhab
Minister of Environment
Succeeded by
Yacoub Sarraf