Throughout a distinguished 40-year diplomatic and political career, Farid Abboud has served his home country of Lebanon in many ways. For example, he once served as assistant director-general of the Department of Political Affairs for Lebanon’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also spent five years as their General Counsel in Los Angeles. That’s in addition to diplomatic service that has placed him at the top of his profession.
In addition to service with Lebanese embassies in Rome, Moscow and London, Ambassador Farid Abboud is probably best known for his tenure as the longest-serving Lebanese ambassador to the United States, a position he held from 1999 through 2007. Following that, he served as Lebanon’s ambassador to Tunisia from 2007 to 2013. Currently, he serves as Lebanon’s Ambassador to China, a position he has held since 2013. In addition, Farid Abboud was part of Lebanese delegations to various international conferences, including U.N. General Assembly Sessions in 1997, 1998 and 1999. He also gave a speech at a meeting of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, to provide an update as to the state of the Lebanese peace process.