Mikati meets Arab Social Affairs Ministers

NNA – Caretaker Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, on  Friday called for "doubling the Arab effort in order to support Lebanon at the Arab and international levels at this difficult stage."

"We  look forward to our Arab brethrens’ understanding of our situation well, and to support us at this particular stage, to spare Lebanon dangers and to help it bear the burdens that have exceeded its capabilities and to regain recovery," Caretaker Prime Minister Mikati said.

Mikati patronized, at the invitation of Caretaker Social Affairs Minister, Hector Hajjar, a gathering on the occasion of the visit of a delegation of the Arab Ministers of Social Affairs’ Council and representatives of the League of Arab States, during which an entrepreneurship initiative and the role of the Arab private sector in this regard was launched, jointly with the Union of Arab Chambers.

Partaking in the gathering, which was held at the Union of Arab Chambers headquarters, had been Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Saade Chami, Caretaker Minister of Public Works and Transport, Dr. Ali Hamieh, Caretaker Minister of Education and Higher Education, Dr. Abbas Al-Halabi, and Caretaker Minister of the Displaced, Issam Charafeddine.

The gathering was also attended by Head of the Executive Office of the Council of Arab Social Affairs Ministers, Minister of Social Development in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Ayman Al-Mufleh, Iraqi Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Judge Salar Abdul Sattar Mohammed, Minister of Social Solidarity in the Arab Republic of Egypt, Nevin Al-Kabbaj, Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the Social Affairs Sector in the League of Arab States Ambassador Dr. Haifa  Abu Ghazaleh, Secretary General of the Union of Arab Chambers, Khaled Al-Hanafi, Yemeni Ambassador to Lebanon, Abdullah Abdul Karim Al-Dais, Tunisian Ambassador to Lebanon, Bouraoui Limam,  Egyptian Ambassador to Lebanon, Dr. Yasser Alwi,, and Jordan's Ambassador to Lebanon, Walid Al-Hadid, as well as scores of dignitaries.

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Najib A. Mikati, is a member of the Lebanese Parliament representing the district of Tripoli, North Lebanon.

He began his political career in 1998 as the Minister of Public Works and Transport, and remained in post until 2004, under three consecutive cabinets. In 2000, he was elected for the first time as a Member of Parliament representing Tripoli. In 2005, he became Prime Minister of Lebanon and during his mandate, he steered the country towards what was qualified as notable democratic elections. In 2009, and again in 2018 he was reelected Member of Parliament representing Tripoli.

He was re-appointed as Prime Minister in 13-6-2011, resigned on 23-3-2013, and act as caretaker until 15-2-2014.

Mr. Mikati is the co-founder of M1 Group, a family-owned holding with interests in various sectors such as telecom, real estate, aircraft financing, fashion and energy.

Mr. Mikati is active in various think tanks and international organizations. He is a senior member of the Dean’s International Council at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, as well as a member of the International Advisory Council of the ‘International Crisis Group’. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees at the American University of Beirut, and the founder of Middle East Prospects Forum and Al Wassatia Forum, two think-tanks promoting centrism in Lebanon and the Middle East.

Born in 1955, Mr. Mikati graduated from the American University of Beirut with a MBA; he also followed advanced management programs at INSEAD, and Harvard University. A philanthropist, he is engaged in a number of social activities, spanning Lebanese and international medical, academic, and charitable associations and organizations which he founded with his family.

Mr. Mikati has been married for over thirty years with his wife May. Together they have three children.

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