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HISTORICAL LANDMARKS IN THE LEBANESE – URUGUAYAN RELATIONS

Being one of the first countries that recognized the new Lebanese State, Uruguay decided to initiate the diplomatic relations with Lebanon, by Decree of the Executive Power of the 25th of October 1945.
  

Prior to that, in 1924, Uruguay established an Honorary Consulate in Beirut, which, by Decree of the Executive Power of the 16th of November 1928, had been promoted to the rank of General Consulate, with “jurisdiction over the States of Great Lebanon and Syria”.

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The Embassy in Jounieh Embassy's entrance The Embassador's residency

The first diplomatic agent of Uruguay in Beirut was Mr. José Aiub Manzor, who opened the “Legation” as “Chargé d’Affaires”.

The Diplomatic Mission was upgraded from “Legation” to “Embassy”, by Decree of the 5th of November 1964. José Manzor was the first Ambassador designated.

The Consular Section of the Embassy in Lebanon was created through the Resolution of the Executive Power of the 23rd  of April 1974. Later on, another Resolution of the Executive Power of the 7th of February of 1995 established the Consulate in Tripoli with jurisdiction over the North of Lebanon.

The Diplomatic Heads of Missions were successively José Aiub Manzor, Julio César Chelala, Rodolfo Comas Amaro, Roberto Amato, Guillermo Stewart, José Luis Vila Díaz, Manuel Solsona Flores, Guido Yerlas, Mario Alberto Voss Rubio, Jorge Luis Jure and since the 8th of January 2013, Dr. Marta Inés Pizzanelli.

Mr. Abdo Chelala, who acted as Counselor in Beirut between 1967 and 1993, took charge of the Embassy between 1976 and 1987, (except in short periods), where there were no diplomatic representation. Mr. Chelala assumed diverse and recognized functions in the Embassy acting as Counselor and Honorary Commercial Attaché between 1967 and his passing away on February 2007.

The actual Diplomatic Secretary of the Embassy and in charge of the Consular Section is Dr. Nicolás Rodríguez.

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OFFICIAL VISITS TO URUGUAY

As a relevant moment in the bilateral relations, it is important to note the visit to Uruguay of Lebanese president Camille Chamoun in 1954, who signed on the 31st of May of the same year, in the capital city, Montevideo, the first treaty between both Countries: the Cultural Agreement. On the 20th of June 1959, the Chargé d’Affaires Mr. José Manzor, exchanged the above mentioned Agreement’s ratifications. Acting on behalf of Lebanon, was then the General Secretary of the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Mohamed Ali Hamade.

On March 2009, the Director General of the Ministry of Culture of Lebanon, Mr. Omar Halablab, visits Uruguay to participate in the inauguration of the exhibition "The Memory of Beirut" and to hold meetings with Authorities as well as with the Lebanese Community of Uruguay.

On Match 1st 2010, the then Lebanese Ambassador in Paraguay, H.E. Mr. Fares Eid presided a Delegation of the Lebanese Republic that attended the Ceremony of Transfer of Presidential Power, during which the actual President of the Republic, Mr. José Mujica Cordano, assumed his functions. The referred Delegation was as well integrated by the then Consul and Chargé d'Affaires a.i. in Montevideo, Mr. Namir Noureddine.

OFFICIAL VISITS TO LEBANON

- Visit of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Relations of Uruguay:

Between the 4th and the 5th of March 2009, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Relations of Uruguay, Dr. Pedro Vaz Ramela, paid a visit to Lebanon. Dr. Vaz met high Authorities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrated of Lebanon and proceeded to the exchange of ratification instruments of the Cultural Cooperation Agreement, signed between Uruguay and Lebanon on 17/12/99. The Uruguayan Deputy Minister initialized the Agreement between the Oriental Republic of Uruguay and the Lebanese Republic on Political Consultations and Interaction of its Diplomatic Services.

- Visit of the Uruguayan Parliamentary Delegation:

An Uruguayan Parliamentary Delegation paid an official visit to Lebanon between the 19th and the 22nd of January 2011. The Delegation was headed by the President of the Chamber of Representatives, Deputy Yvonne Passada and was integrated by the President of the International Affairs Commission, Deputy Rubén Martínez Huelmo, and the other members of the Parliament Daisy Daisy Tourné, Deputy Pablo Abdala and Deputy Daniel Bianchi Salomón, as well the distinguished officials of the Legislative Power, Mr. Oscar Piquinela and Mrs. Carina Galvalisi Kemayd. The Delegation held meetings with the President of the Republic, Gral. Michel Sleiman, the President of the Parliament, Nabih Berry and the outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri. The international situation was discussed as well as the situation in the region,  the excellent relations between Uruguay and Lebanon and the possibility of increasing them.

On the occasion, a Protocol of Parliamentary Cooperation was signed between the Lebanese National Assembly and the Parliament of Uruguay. On behalf of the Uruguayan part, MP Yvonne Passada signed, as the President of the Chamber of Representatives and the President of the Lebanese National Assembly, Mr. Nabih Berry signed on behalf of the Lebanese part.

- Visit of the Minister of Foreign Relations of Uruguay:

On the 11th of April 2011, the Minister of Foreign Relations of Uruguay Dr. Luis Almagro headed a commission integrated by H.E. Ambassador Dr. Marta Pizzanelli, Director of the Zone of Asia, Africa and Oceania of the Ministry of Foreign Relations in Uruguay and H.E. Dr. José Luis Remedi, Ambassador of the Diplomatic Mission in Qatar.

The visit, part of a tour in the Middle East, constituted the first of an Uruguayan Minister to the Country of the Cedars, demonstrating the importance accorded by our Government to the relations with Lebanon and with the Arab world. It ended with a party meeting organized by the Embassy for the Uruguayan nationals, the Lebanese Ministers and members of the Parliament, as well as for the friends of this Diplomatic Mission.

Minister Almagro was received by the President of the Republic of Lebanon, Gral. Michel Sleiman, the President of the Lebanese National Assembly, Mr. Nabih Berry, as well as the outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri and the actual Primer Minister Najib Mikati.

- Commercial Delegation presided by the Minister of Foreign Relations of Uruguay:

On the 14th and 15th of September 2011 Minister Dr. Luis Almagro presided the first Uruguayan commercial mission to Lebanon that participated in the "Arab Conference on Investments", organized by the General Union of Arab Chambers of Commerce, as well as to the "1st Business Meeting" at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut.

On the other hand, during this visit, Minister Almagro had the honour to inaugurate the "Plaza de la Amistad" in Jounieh where was installed the bust of the National Hero José Artigas that was unveiled for this occasion. 

Meetings with high-ranked Government Authorities of Lebanon were scheduled and presentations on the commerce and investments in Uruguay were offered during the "Arab Conference on Investments". In one of his two conferences Minister Almagro was seated with a group of speakers that included Prime Minister Najib Mikati. Uruguay was the only non Arab country invited to sponsor and participate in this Conference that brought together more than 500 businessmen and women.


Embassy of Uruguay - Lebanon
2013