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Jadallah Azzuz at-Talhi (Arabic: جاد الله عزوز الطلحي‎) (1939–)is a Libyan diplomat and politician who served as prime minister of Libya for two terms.

Jadallah at-Talhi
جاد الله عزوز الطلحي
Prime Minister of Libya
In office
2 March 1979 – 16 February 1984
3 March 1986 – 1 March 1987
Preceded byAbdul Ati al-Obeidi
Muhammad az-Zaruq Rajab
Succeeded byMuhammad az-Zaruq Rajab
Umar Mustafa al-Muntasir
Foreign Minister of Libya
In office
Preceded byKamal Hassan Al Mansour
Succeeded byIbrahim Al Bishari



Talhi obtained a geology degree from Louvain University.[1]


Talhi was previously working in the Ministry of Mines when he was named the Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources in July 1972. Talhi held this position until March 1977.[1]

General SecretaryEdit

Talhi was General Secretary of the People's Committee in Libya (Prime Minister) for two terms, the first term from 2 March 1979 to 16 February 1984 and the second term from September 1986 to 1 March 1987.[2] In March 1987 Umar Mustafa al-Muntasir succeeded him as prime minister.[3]

Foreign MinisterEdit

Talhi served as foreign minister of Libya in the late 1980s, replacing Kamal Hassan Al Mansour as foreign minister.[4] In September 1987, Talhi visited Baghdad to reestablish foreign relations and participated in the creation of the Arab Maghreb Union.[1] Talhi's tenure lasted until 1990.[5]

Chemical WeaponsEdit

Paris ConferenceEdit

Talhi met with U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz at the Paris Conference in January 1989 at UNESCO's headquarters.[6] Talhi denied the accusation by the United States that Libya was creating chemical weapons in Rabta.[1] In response, Talhi accused the United States of allegedly knowing the location of chemical weapons in the Middle East. Specifically, Talhi highlighted that there was an international relationship between Israel and the United States in regards to the development of nuclear weapons.[7]

Lockerbie bombingEdit

In January 1992, Talhi condemned the surrendering of the Libyans accused of the Lockerbie bombing.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d Bidwell, Robin (2010). Dictionary of Modern Arab History: An A to Z of over 2,000 entries from 1798 to the present day. p. 408. ISBN 0710305052. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  2. ^ "The World". LA Times. 3 March 1987. Retrieved 14 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Libya". Mongobay. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  4. ^ Helen Chapin Metz (30 June 2004). Libya. Kessinger Publishing. p. 198. ISBN 978-1-4191-3012-0. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  5. ^ a b Trevor Rowe (22 January 1992). "U.N. Presses Libya on Bombing". The Washington Post. p. A01. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Shultz gets backing on poison gas issue". Daily Sitka Sentinel. 6 Jan 1989. p. 10. Retrieved 28 October 2016.(subscription required)
  7. ^ St John, Ronald Bruce (2002). Libya and the United States, Two Centuries of Strife. p. 159. ISBN 0812236726. Retrieved 28 October 2016.