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The Embassy of Lebanon in Berlin

Contact

Address: Berliner Strasse 127, 13187 Berlin, Germany

Tel.: (+49) 30 206 41 03

Fax: (+49) 30 206 410 77

E-mail: info@libanesische-botschaft.de

www.libanesische-botschaft.info/

The Ambassador

Amb. Mustapha Adib-Abdul-Wahed

Amb. Mustapha Adib-Abdul-Wahed has been the ambassador of Lebanon to Germany since July 2013.

He has a PhD in Law and Political science and began his career as a teacher of Public International Law, Geopolitics and International Relations in several universities in Lebanon and in France. Amb. Mustapha Adib-Abdul-Wahed focused his academic research in the areas of Human and State Security, parliamentary oversight of the security sector, decentralization and local democracy and electoral laws.

In 2004 he became president of the Centre for Middle-Eastern Strategic Studies and conducted studies for institutions as the United Nations Development Program, the Geneva Centre for Civilian Control of Armed Forces and several universities.

Between 2000 to 2004, Amb. Mustapha Adib-Abdul-Wahed was the advisor to the Lebanese Minister of Public Works and Transportation. In 2005 and 2006 he represented the Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati in front of the Special Committee in charge of creating the new electoral law. In 2011 he became, the Chief of Cabinet of M. Mikati.

History

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Relations between Germany and Lebanon have traditionally been friendly. Especially appreciated is Germany’s help with the refugees crisis (Germany is funding the provision of supplies to refugees through UN agencies and other organizations operating in Lebanon. In 2015 alone, the Federal Government  made available EUR 160 million to help Lebanon deal with the consequences of the Syrian crisis).

Economic relations between the two countries have been increasing steadily over the past years. In 2014, it imported from Germany goods worth EUR 781.6 million, mainly motor vehicles and vehicle parts, machinery, pharmaceutical and chemical products and data processing equipment. By contrast, Lebanon exported to Germany goods worth EUR 44.6 million, principally raw materials (processed gems), measuring and control technology, iron and steel, textiles, foodstuffs and animal feed. A bilateral investment protection agreement was signed in 1999. There are, however, hardly any German direct investments in Lebanon. Lebanon offers interesting business opportunities for German companies. While only a small number of firms such as Lufthansa and Commerzbank have their own branches in Beirut, there are more than 300 agents there representing companies like Mercedes, Bosch and Siemens as well as less-known small- and medium-sized companies from various German federal states. Some of these agents have joined forces to form the Lebanese German Business Council.

Cultural relations between Lebanon and Germany have traditionally been close and wide-ranging. Priority areas are the preservation of cultural heritage and archaeological work.