UNSC approves Lebanese Ghassan Salame as new delegate to Libya

Ghassan Salamé, Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs. (Photo: France 24)

The UN Security Council has approved the appointment of a new delegate to Libya to replace the German envoy, Martin Kobler, who has been the Head of the UNSMIL since November 2015.

The UNSC endorsed Ghassan Salame – a former Lebanese Minister of Culture – as the new Head of the UNSMIL and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Libya.

Salame is a former U.N. adviser in Iraq after the war in 2003 and he is now a Paris-based academic.

He served as a senior adviser to then secretary-general Kofi Annan from 2003-2006, and later as Lebanon’s culture minister. He is currently dean of the Paris School of International Affairs and a professor of international relations at the Paris Institute of Political Studies.

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