New Ambassador of the European Union to Lebanon Takes Office
September 6, 2023
The newly designated Ambassador of the European Union to Lebanon, Sandra De Waele, took office this week.
Ambassador De Waele met with Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Abdallah Bou Habib, Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri and Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati.
Ambassador De Waele underlined the European Union’s long-standing partnership with Lebanon and reiterated its commitment to the Lebanese people, in light of the worsening socio-economic crisis. “I look forward to working closely with Lebanese authorities, civil society organisations and the international community to place Lebanon on the path to recovery”, she said. “The European Union continues to support the implementation of structural reforms, which would help Lebanon build strong state institutions that are accountable to their citizens. Fully operational institutions would also be beneficial for EU-Lebanon relations”, she added.
Ambassador De Waele has worked for over 25 years for the European Union, including postings in different EU Delegations, and most recently in the headquarters of the External Action Service in Brussels.