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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • HISTORY OF BILATERAL RELATIONS

  • History of bilateral relations [*]

     

    ESTABLISHMENT OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS

     

    From 1 November 1933 Polish consular agents in Beirut acted with territorial power over Lebanon and Syria in the field of trade and maritime affairs. All other matters were in the hands of the Polish Consulate in Marseille.

    By the end of 1939 the Vice-Consulate of Poland was established in Beirut and on 1 April 1940 it was converted  into the Consulate General of Poland. After Lebanon had gained its independence, starting from 15 December 1943, the Consul General of Poland in Beirut was also accredited to the government of Lebanon as a diplomatic agent of the Polish government in exile in London, with the rank of a minister plenipotentiary. On 1 August 1944 Poland and Lebanon established formal diplomatic relations at the level of embassies.

     

    The cooperation between the Polish People's Republic and the Republic of Lebanon started after the Second World War on 4 January 1956 by signing of the payment clearing and trade agreements by the governments of both countries. At the same time, the Polish government put forward a proposal to establish diplomatic relations between the Polish People's Republic and Lebanon. On 20 October 1956, the Government of Lebanon accepted the initiative of the Polish government on the establishment of diplomatic relations at the level of embassies, which meant the simultaneous withdrawal of recognition of the Polish government in exile.

     

    Poland and Lebanon established diplomatic relations on 20 October 1956 at the level of embassies. Polish ambassadors to Lebanon were also accredited to Jordan (1964-1976), Kuwait (1964-1971) and Cyprus (1971-1974).

    Until 1994, the ambassadors to Lebanon in Czechoslovakia, based in Prague were also accredited to Poland. The embassy of Lebanon was established in Warsaw in 1994.

     

    DIPLOMATIC REPRESENTATIVES

    a) OF POLAND TO LEBANON

     

    Years 1943-1945

     

     

    Name

    Rank/degree

    Date in office

    Zygmunt Zawadowski

    diplomatic agent,

    Consul General,

    deputy

    15.12.1943

    1.08.1944

     

    Years 1956-2013

     

     

    Name

    Rank/degree

    Date in office

     

    Włodzimierz Paszkowski

     

    deputy

     

    6.12.1956

     

    Włodzimierz Skuratowicz

    deputy ,

    ambassador

    14.10.1960

    15.02.1963

    Zdzisław Wójcik

    ambassador

    21.05.1965

    Tadeusz Wójcik

    ambassador

    11.06.1971

    Antoni Pierzchała

    ambassador

    13.12.1974

    Janusz Zabłocki

    ambassador

    29.10.1977

    Krzysztof Antczak

    chargé d’affaires a.i.

    15.03.1982

    Zbigniew Żelazowski

    chargé d’affaires a.i.

    22.11.1984

    Bogusław Rękas

    chargé d’affaires a.i.

    16.09.1987

    Jan Witek

    chargé d’affaires a.i.

    1.06.1989

    Witold Dynowski

    chargé d’affaires a.i.

    20.09.1990

    Piotr Kowalski

    chargé d’affaires a.i.

    1.01.1991

    Tadeusz Strulak

    ambassador

    18.12.1997

    Lidia Milka-Wieczorkiewicz

    chargé d’affaires a.i.

    1999

    Waldemar Markiewicz

    ambasador

    26.11.2002

    Michał Murkociński

    chargé d’affaires a.i.

    14.11.2006

    Sławomir Krajczyński

    chargé d’affaires a.i.

    11.12.2006

    Sławomir Kowalski

    chargé d’affaires a.i.

    11.07.2007

    Tomasz Niegodzisz

    ambassador

    13.11.2007

    Wojciech Bożek

    ambassador

    2.09.2013

     

     

     

     

     

    b) OF LEBANON TO POLAND

     

     

    Name

    Rank/degree

    Date in office

    Mahmoud Banna

    deputy, ambassador

    28.08.1961              1.02.1963                   

    Antoine Yazbek

    chargé d’affaires a.i.

    2.12.1964

    Edouard Ghorra

    ambassador

    1.10.1965

    Antoine Yazbek

    chargé d’affaires a.i.

    10.09.1968

    Jean Hadji-Thomas

    ambassador

    29.08.1969

    Jean Riachi

    ambassador

    6.10.1972

    Hicham Hamdan

    chargé d’affaires a.i.

    4.09.1978

    Jean Goguikian

    ambassador

    19.09.1979

    Emile Badran

    ambassador[1]

     

    Ahmed Ibrahim

    ambassador

    23.11.1994

    Georges Abou-Zeid

    chargé d’affaires a.i.

    15.09.2003

    Massoud Chafic Maalouf

    ambassador

    24.10.2003

    Hikmat Awad

    ambassador

    26.06.2008

    Michel Bitar

    chargé d’affaires a.i.

    21.08.2009

    Nicolas Khawaja

    ambassador

    14.06.2010

    Ara Khatchadourian 

    chargé d’affaires a.i.

    08.2010

    Nada Al Aki

    chargé d’affaires a.i.

    04.2011

    Suzan Mouzi

    chargé d’affaires a.i.

    09.2011

    Hatem Nasrallah

    chargé d’affaires a.i.

    01.2012

    Youssef Nouhad Jabre -

    chargé d’affaires a.i.

     

    04.2012

     

    Sonia Abou Azar

    chargé d’affaires a.i.

    10.2012

    Michel Katra

    ambassador

    19.06.2013

    Sonia Abou Azar

    chargé d’affaires a.i.

    11.2013

    Charbel Macaron

    chargé d’affaires a.i.

    12.2014

     

     

    CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS

    Years 1960–2014

     

     

         Date   

    Description

    4-7.04.1960

    Polish-Lebanese trade negotations took place in Warsaw.

    27.06.1966

    President of the Polish Council of State, Edward Ochab, stopped in Beirut on the way back from Ethiopia to Poland and had a conversation with the Lebanese President Charles Helou.

    1966

    Visit of the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adam Rapacki, in Beirut, during which an agreement on mutual promotion and protection of investments was initialed.

    11-20.12.1973

    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adam Rapacki, stopped in Beirut on the way back from Afghanistan to Poland, where he met with Philippe Takla, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lebanon.

    19.03.1974

    Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jan Czapla, paid a visit to Lebanon.

    15-18.09.1974

    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stefan Olszowski, stopped in Beirut, where he met with Fouad Naffah, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lebanon.

    13.04.1992

    Polish Military Contingent (PMC) began operations in southern Lebanon, as part of the UN peacekeeping force (UNIFIL).

    1-3.06.1995

    Visit to Poland of Zafer El-Hassan, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lebanon.

    10-11.05.1997

    Pilgrimage of Pope John Paul II to Lebanon.

    02.1999

    Visit to Lebanon of Alicja Grześkowiak, the Marshall of the Senate.

    26.07.1999

    Official visit in Beirut of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Bronisław Geremek.

    26.07.1999

    Opening of the Embassy of the Republic of Lebanon. The first resident ambassador in Poland was Ahmed Ibrahim.

    22.10.1999

    Visit to Poland of the delegation of the National Assembly led by the  President of Lebanon, Nabih Berrima.

    15-16.12.2002

    During a trip to the Middle East, President Aleksander Kwaśniewski held talks with the President of Lebanon, Emile Lahoud and the Prime Minister Rafiki Hariri, and visited the base of the Polish contingent of the UN peacekeeping forces in Lebanon.

    8-9.11.2003

    Prime Minister Leszek Miller paid a visit to Lebanon.

    15-16.01.2004

    Marshall of the Senate, Longin Pastusiak, paid a visit to Lebanon.  

    5-7.07.2004

    Official visit in Poland of fhe Lebanese President Emile Lahoud.

    10.2006

    Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Witold Waszczykowski conducted political consultations in Beirut.

    28-30.05.2007

    The delegation of representatives of the National Security Bureau and the Ministry of National Defence, chaired by the head of the National Security Bureau, minister Władysław Stasiak paid a visit to Lebanon.

    17-18.06.2007

    Minister of National Defence Aleksander Szczygło paid a visit to Lebanon.

    9.04.2009

    Minister of National Defence Bogdn Klich paid a visit to Lebanon. During his stay he visited the PMC at UNIFIL.

    25-27.05.2009

    The mission of the National Economic Chamber of Commerce paid a visit to Lebanon.

    1.12.2009

    Completion of the PMC at UNIFIL in South Lebanon.

    27.03.2010

    Visit to Lebanon of the former President Lech Wałęsa. The President was the guest of honor at the conference of Christian - Muslim dialogue. Apart from the participation in the conference, President Wałęsa met with the President of Lebanon General Michel Sleiman, Prime Minister Saad Hariri and the President of the National Assembly Nabih Berri.

    21-23.06.2012

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski paid a visit to Lebanon with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Sweden and Bulgaria (with the President, the Speaker of the Parliament, members of the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs and immigration and the leader of the opposition).

    28-30.05.2013

    The Maronite Patriarch of Antioch, Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, paid a visit to Poland. He participated in the conference "Christians in the Middle East," and was a guest at Corpus Christi celebrations in Warsaw (at the invitation of Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz). During his stay, he was hosted by the Preesident Bronisław Komorowski.

    18.11-21.11.2013

    A visit to Lebanon of Katarzyna Pełczyńska - Nałęcz, the Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During her stay, she participated in political consultations at the Foreign Ministry and met with the Grand Mufti of Lebanon, Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbanim, Archbishop and Vicar General of the Maronite Patriarchate of Antioch, Paul Sayah, with Ambassador Naji Abi Assi - Lebanon's presidential advisor on international affairs, and with the executive board of the UNHCR office in Beirut.

    Mrs Pełczyńska-Nałęcz also visited the Akkar region in the north-eastern Lebanon, where the Polish Centre for International Aid (PCPM) conducts a project for Syrian refugees sponsored by the Polish Aid.

    22.10.2014

    Political consultations in Beirut of the deputy director of the Department of Middle East and Africa, Minister Miroslaw Broiło. Meeting with the Ambassador Charbel Wehbi, director for political and consular affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants from Lebanon. Talks with representatives of the diplomatic corps, the EEAS and the EU MS accredited in Lebanon and Syria.

    25-29.11.2014

    Mission of the representatives of the Polish defense industry companies and the Polish Chamber of National Defence in Lebanon.

    The visit to Lebanon was preceded by a visit of the Lebanese delegation  to Poland (3-7 November 2014), composed of high level representatives of the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Internal Security Forces.

     

    POROZUMIENIAPOLISH - LEBANESE CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS

     

     

    Date

    Name of the document

    25.04.1966

    Agreement between the Government of the Polish People's Republic and the Government of the Republic of Lebanon on air communication. Entered into force on 18.03.1969.

    26.07.1999

    Convention between the Republic of Poland and the Republic of Lebanon on the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income and on capital. Entered into force on 7.11.2003.

    10.07.2008

    Agreement between the Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Poland and the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Lebanon on free transfer of weapons. Entered into force on 10.07.2008.

     


    [1] He ended the mission in Prague in February 1987. He didn't present his credentials in Warsaw.

     


    [*] Based upon the publication of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Poland's diplomatic relations. Reference Volume IV. Africa and the Middle East 1918-2009, edited by Krzysztof Szczepanik, Anna Herman-Łukasik, Barbara Janicka. Addendums for later years- Embassy of Poland in Beirut.

     


     

     

     

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