New Lebanese Ambassador to the U.S. will Present Credentials January 24th
According to news reports today from the Lebanese newspaper, The Daily Star, Lebanese Ambassador-designate to the U.S. Gabriel Issa has given up his American citizenship allowing him to submit his credentials in Washington DC on January 24th.
“They wanted this to be done quickly, so I’ve been running around here [in Lebanon] to get all my paperwork completed before I go and submit my credentials,” Issa told The Daily Star.
In a Facebook post today, Issa said, “My biggest honor is to represent my idol President Aoun, Lebanon and the Lebanese in the greatest nation.”
Replacing retired Lebanese Ambassador Antoine Chedid, Issa was appointed in July of 2017 as his replacement by Lebanese President Michel Aoun.
Issa immigrated to the U.S. in 1976 and settled in Michigan after earning a civil engineering degree from the Detroit Institute of Technology. A successful businessman, Issa was active in Michigan’s Lebanese community and a passionate advocate for peace and unity in Lebanon.
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