Farès Boueiz (born 15 January 1955) is a Lebanese politician, who served as foreign minister for two terms and also, as environment minister.

Farès Boueiz
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants
In office
1990 – May 1992
Prime MinisterOmar Karami
Preceded bySelim Hoss
Succeeded byNasri Maalouf
In office
October 1992 – 1998
Prime MinisterRafic Hariri
Preceded byNasri Maalouf
Succeeded bySelim Hoss
Minister of Environment
In office
2003 – 7 September 2004
Prime MinisterRafic Hariri
Succeeded byMichel Musa (acting)
Personal details
Born (1955-01-15) 15 January 1955 (age 65)
Zouk Mikael, Lebanon
Spouse(s)Zalfa Hrawi

Early lifeEdit

Boueiz was born into a Maronite family in Zouk Mikael on 15 January 1955.[1][2]


Boueiz is a lawyer by profession.[3] He served as foreign minister from 1990 to 1992 when he left office for a few months following the general elections of 1992[4] and was temporarily replaced by Nasri Maalouf in the post.[5] It was Boueiz who participated in a first official meeting with the PLO's Farouk Qaddumi, head of the group's political department, in the mid-May 1991 after a long period.[6]

Boueiz continued to serve as foreign minister from 1992 to 1998 in the cabinet led by Prime Minister Rafic Hariri.[1][7] Hariri and he had a tensed relationship due to Hariri's interventions to foreign policy.[7] When Boueiz was in office, his father-in-law, Elias Hrawi, was the President of Lebanon.[8] In 1998 Salim Hoss succeeded Boueiz as foreign minister.[9]

Boueiz was among the potential candidates for the presidency after Emile Lahoud's first term in 2004.[10] In 2003, Boueiz was appointed environment minister to the cabinet led by Rafic Hariri, replacing Michel Musa in the post.[8][11] Boueiz was an independent member of the cabinet.[12] On 7 September 2004, he resigned from office protesting the constitutional amendment to extend the term of Lahoud as president.[13][14] Three more ministers also resigned on the same day, namely Marwan Hamadeh, Ghazi Aridi and Abdullah Farhat.[2] These four ministers were also among the members of the parliament, who voted against the extension of Lahoud's term in the parliament.[15]

Then state minister Michel Musa replaced Boueiz as acting environment minister.[16] Boueiz served as a member of the Lebanese parliament, representing Kesrouan until 2005.[5] He was again one of the contenders for the presidency of Lebanon after Lahoud in 2007.[17] In the general elections of 2009, he was not on the list of the March 14 alliance.[18]


During his second term as foreign minister, Boueiz overtly cooperated with the Syrian authorities.[19] However, in 2001, he objected the accusations of Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlass regarding Patriarch Sfeir.[20] On the other hand, Boueiz was skeptical about the peace accord signed by Israel and the PLO in 1993, and argued that Palestinian refugees should not settle in Lebanon due to sensitive demographic balance between native Christians and Muslims in the country.[21] During talks with Egyptian diplomats in Rome in early April 1998, Boueiz stated that the Nazi's approach against Jewish people was based on political reasons and that "they have behaved arrogantly like the chosen people of God."[22]

Personal lifeEdit

Boueiz is the son-in-law of Elias Hrawi.[23] He married Zalfa Hrawi in 1985.[24]


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  6. ^ Simon Haddad (1 January 2003). The Palestinian Impasse in Lebanon: The Politics of Refugee Integration. Sussex Academic Press. p. 35. ISBN 978-1-903900-46-8. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  7. ^ a b Nicholas Blanford (31 October 2006). Killing Mr. Lebanon: The Assassination of Rafik Hariri and Its Impact on the Middle East. I.B.Tauris. p. 49. ISBN 978-1-84511-202-8. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  8. ^ a b Rola el Husseini (15 October 2012). Pax Syriana: Elite Politics in Postwar Lebanon. Syracuse University Press. p. 115. ISBN 978-0-8156-3304-4. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Foreign ministers". Rulers. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  10. ^ "Bouez Rules out Lahoud". Naharnet. 14 August 2004. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  11. ^ "Environmental Impact Assessment" (PDF). Ministry of Energy & Water & Electricitè du Liban. April 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  12. ^ "Lebanese Political Feud Jolts Cabinet". Los Angeles Times. Beirut. AP. 7 September 2004. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  13. ^ Mallat, Chibli. Lebanon's Cedar Revolution An essay on non-violence and justice (PDF). Mallat. p. 122. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 February 2012.
  14. ^ "Druze leader Walid Jumblatt confirms his commitment to 14 March". Wikileaks. 15 May 2009. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
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  21. ^ Reich, Kenneth (5 October 1993). "No Peace in Lebanon Until Refugees Are Resettled, Foreign Minister Says". Los Angeles Times. Anaheim. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  22. ^ "ADL urges Lebanese President to publicly condemn anti-semitic comments made by Lebanese foreign minister". Anti-Defamation League. New York. 22 April 1998. Archived from the original (Press Release) on 19 February 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  23. ^ "Gebran, "son-in-law of the world"". Now Lebanon. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  24. ^ "Family man". Elias Hrawi website. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2013.