The Crisis of the Displaced Syrians in Lebanon and Their Return

Mon, Sep 24, 2018, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
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The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia
Co-sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Studies

Gebran Bassil was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants of the Republic of Lebanon on February 15, 2014. He was also elected Member of the Lebanese Parliament in May 2018 and currently heads the biggest parliamentary bloc as well as the Free Patriotic Movement since 2015.

His official tenure of an executive office started in 2008, as Minister of Telecommunications, where he established the roadmap policy paper for the sector defining its strategic long-term development, mainly through the modernization of the services and the opening of the market for competition.

He then led the Ministry of Energy and Water between 2009 and 2014 where he initiated the mapping of Lebanon as an oil and gas country. He triggered major reforms in the energy and water sectors, thus paving the ground for a sustainable development of all these key economic sectors.

In his current capacity as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, he is committed to the continuous engagement of the Ministry with the Lebanese Diaspora. His main focus is to drive Lebanon’s diplomacy towards a renewed leading role both regionally and internationally.

Minister Bassil was born on June 21, 1970. He is a graduate of the American University of Beirut in civil engineering (BE and MS).

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