• Farid Abboud: a Life in Service to Lebanon

  • Posted on July 27, 2016
  • It is true that Farid Abboud has had a long and significant career in service to his home country of Lebanon. Best known as a diplomat, he also once served as the assistant director-general of the Department of Political Affairs in the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and he served as Lebanon's General Counsel in Los Angeles.

    However, the bulk of his career was spent in diplomatic service. He worked in Lebanese embassies in Rome, Moscow and London, but Ambassador Farid Abboud is best known for having been one of the longest-serving Lebanese ambassadors to the United States, holding that position from 1999-2007. He is currently the Lebanese Ambassador to China, a position he has held since 2013. Between those two positions, he also spet time as his country’s ambassador to Tunisia from 2007-2013. At the heart of his long career is his substantial academic career. Farid Abboud has a Diploma of Higher Studies in Political Science from Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut, where he later served as an assistant professor of political science. In addition, he also earned a B.A. in Philosophy from France’s University of Lyon and a Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to his current diplomatic duties in China, he also serves as a visiting scholar at the University of Peking, and has done so since 2015.

    Farid Abboud has also been part of Lebanese delegations to many international conferences, including U.N. General Assembly Sessions in 1997, 1998 and 1999 and when he gave a speech at a meeting of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, in which he updated the attendees on the current state of the Lebanese peace process.

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