new york - UN Secretary General António Guterres wants to appoint Lebanese Former Minister of Culture, Ghassan Salamé, to UN Ambassador to Libya. He put an end to the quest of almost four months for a successor to German diplomat Martin Kobler after the United States had rejected a previously proposed Palestinian candidate.
Guterres told Salamé on Friday that Professor International Relations and Conflict Management is at the prestigious Sciences-Po Education Institute in Paris. Diplomats do not expect any objections and deductions that the UN Security Council will approve the appointment on Tuesday.
In February, the US objected to the appointment of a former Palestinian prime minister as UN Ambassador to Libya. Following this objection, Russia and other members of the UN Security Council rejected the appointment of a British and a US candidate. According to a diplomat, more than twenty people are approached for the job.