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Ali Al Shami (born 1945) is a Shia Lebanese academic and a member of the Amal movement. He was Lebanon's minister of foreign affairs and emigrants from 2009 to 2011.

Ali Al Shami
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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants
In office
9 November 2009 – 13 June 2011
Prime MinisterSaad Hariri
Preceded byFawzi Salloukh
Tarek Mitri (acting)
Succeeded byAdnan Mansour
Personal details
Born (1945-04-21) 21 April 1945 (age 74)
Jarjouh, Lebanon
Political partyAmal movement
Alma materLebanese University
University of Grenoble

Early life and educationEdit

Shami was born into a Shiite family in 1945.[1] He received a bachelor's degree in political science from Lebanese University in 1970 and a diploma again in political science from the University of Grenoble in 1971 as well as a PhD in political science from the same university in 1978.[2]


Shami is a retired university professor.[3] He taught in the college of law and political science at Lebanese University.[2] Then he became a member of the Amal movement.[2]

He was part of the committee in charge of writing a program for action of the government led by Prime Minister Saad Hariri in November 2009.[2] He was appointed minister of foreign affairs and emigrants to the cabinet led by Hariri on 9 November 2009.[4][5] He was named to this post by Amal leader and Hezbollah ally parliament speaker Nabih Berri.[4] He succeeded Fawzi Salloukh as foreign minister.[6] In the cabinet, Shami was part of opposition and a member of the Amal Movement[7] and one of five Shiite members in the cabinet.[8] Shami's tenure ended in June 2011, and he was replaced by Adnan Mansour in the post.[9]


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  2. ^ a b c d "New Lebanese Cabinet Announced". Wikileaks. 10 November 2009. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Hariri forms unity govt". Saudi Gazette. Beirut. 10 November 2009. Archived from the original on 18 April 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  4. ^ a b Ladki, Nadim (9 November 2009). "Lebanon's Hariri forms unity government with Hezbollah". Reuters. Beirut. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Lebanon's unity government". Al Jazeera. 9 November 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  6. ^ Derhally, Massoud A. (10 November 2009). "Lebanon's Hariri Confirmed Unity Prime Minister". Bloomberg. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Lebanon's Cabinet Lineup". Qifa Nabki. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  8. ^ "Al Hayat predicts new cabinet lineup". NOW Lebanon. 8 November 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  9. ^ Dakroub, Hussein (14 June 2011). "New Cabinet, old realities". The Daily Star. Retrieved 8 March 2013.