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Adnan Mansour
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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants
In office
13 June 2011 – 15 February 2014
Prime Minister Najib Mikati
Preceded by Ali Al Shami
Succeeded by Gebran Bassil
Personal details
Born
Adnan Hassan Mansour

(1946-01-05) 5 January 1946 (age 77)
Bourj el-Barajneh, Lebanon
Nationality Lebanese
Political party Amal Movement
Alma mater St. Joseph University
Website Official website: http://adnanmansour.net/

Adnan Mansour (Arabic: عدنان منصور; born 5 January 1946) is a Lebanese diplomat, politician and the former minister of foreign affairs and emigrants.

Early life and education

Mansour was born in Bourj el-Barajneh on 5 January 1946 into a Shi'ite family. He obtained a bachelor's degree in administrative sciences and policies from St. Joseph University in Beirut. He holds a master's degree in political theory and a PhD in political science.

Career

Mansour began his career at the foreign ministry in 1974. He worked as Lebanon's consul in various countries, including Australia, Sudan and Egypt. From 1990 to 1994, he was the Lebanese ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He also served as the Lebanese ambassador to Iran from 1999 to 2007. His last diplomatic posts were Lebanese ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg from 2007 to 2010 and to the Kingdom of Belgium from 2007 to 2011.

Then he served as an aide to Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, and became a member of the Amal Movement. Mansour was appointed minister of foreign affairs and emigrants on 13 June 2011, replacing Ali Al Shami in the post. Mansour was part of the March 8 coalition in the Najib Mikati's cabinet.

He visited Libya in January 2012, the first visit by a Lebanese diplomat to the country in thirty years. In September 2012, he and a Lebanese judge went to Mauritania to search for the possibility of questioning the former Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi, who served during the Muammar Gaddafi's era about the fate of Imam Musa Sadr.

Gebran Bassil replaced Mansour as foreign minister in February 2014.

Views and alliances

Mansour has a pro-Syrian stance and is close to the Nabih Berri. Nayla Tueni, a Lebanese journalist and deputy, called him the foreign minister of Syria in Lebanon. In September 2012, after the negative remarks of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah about the movie Innocence of Muslims, Mansour argued that Arab foreign ministers should meet to denounce the movie. Mansour's remarks were criticized by Lebanese politicians and cabinet members, including labor minister Salim Jreissati. In the summit of the Council of Arab Foreign Ministers in Cairo held on 6 March 2013, Mansour argued that Syria should rejoin the Arab League. His remarks again drew criticism both from the Lebanese government and Arab states of the Persian Gulf.

Personal life

Mansour is married to Layla Fakhoury. They have three children.

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