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Lebanon

(last updated: 28.06.2018)

 

The Republic of Lebanon recognised Estonia’s independence on 30 December 1991, and diplomatic relations were established on 3 September 2001.

The first ambassador of Lebanon, Mr. Ahmed Ibrahim, presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of Estonia on 4 April 2002. From 2004–2007 the Lebanese ambassador to Estonia was Mr. Massoud Maalouf, who resided in Warsaw. Since 2008 there is no ambassador appointed to Estonia.

2003-2014 Sami Elias Kamouh was the Estonian honorary consul in Lebanon. Since 2 March 2017 The Honorary Consul of Estonia in Lebanon is Fouad Fadel.

The first ambassador of Estonia to the Republic of Lebanon was Aivo Orav, who was ambassador from May 2011 until February 2012 and resided in Ankara, Turkey. From February 2013 until january 2016 the Estonian ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon was Miko Haljas, who also resided in Ankara. Ambassador Marin Mõttus presented her credentials to President Michael Aoun on 6th December 2016.

February 2017, the Estonian-Lebanon parliamentary group was established in the Riigikogu, chaired by Erki Savisaar. April 2017 the Estonia friendship group was established in the Parliament of Lebanon, chaired by Michel Moussa.

Visits

  • March 2018 - Prime Minister Jüri Ratas visited Lebanon
  • February 2018 - Foreign Minister Sven Mikser visited Lebanon
  • October 2017 - Defence Minister Jüri Luik visited Lebanon
  • March 2017 - President Kersti Kaljulaid visited Lebanon
  • January 2017 - National Defence Committee visited Lebanon
  • April 2016 - Commander of Estonian Defence Forces LtGen Riho Terras visited Lebanon
  • February 2016 - Minister of Social Protection Margus Tsahkna visited Lebanon
  • January 2016 - Defence Minister Hannes Hanso visited Lebanon
  • August 2015 – Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas visited Lebanon
  • June 2011 – Foreign Minister Urmas Paet visited Lebanon
  • April 2011 – Foreign Minister Urmas Paet visited Lebanon
  • March 2011 – Foreign Minister Urmas Paet visited Lebanon
  • May 2009 – Foreign Minister Urmas Paet visited Lebanon

Economic relations

Estonian-Lebanese trade 2007-2017 (in thousands of EUR)

Year Export Import
2009 1 311 93
2010 10 545 14
2011 483 108
2012 773 76
2013 1 218 8
2014 3 940,7 9,3
2015 5 139,1 136,6
2016 1 904,7 14,9
2017 1 623 56

All economic data from Statistics Estonia

The main export articles in 2017 were wood and mineral products - 28%, wooden products - 23%, chemical products - 20%.


The main import articles were leather products - 52%, machinery and equipment - 30%.

According to the Bank of Estonia, as of 31.03.2018 Estonia has no direct investments in Lebanon. Lebanon has invested in Estonia's wholesale and retail trade, the information and communications sector, and real estate (totalling 36 000 euros).

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