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Consul General

Mrs. Abir Taha Audi


Executive Assistant

Mrs. Maha Karnib

Tel: 1 (212) 744-7905, ext 7

Fax: 1 (212) 794-1510

Email:maha.karnib@nylebcons.org


Assistant

Mrs. Karine Diab

Tel: 1 (212) 744-7905, ext 103

Email:karine.diab@nylebcons.org


Accounting

Mr. Maher Takkoush

Tel: 1 (212) 744-7905, ext 5

Email:maher.takkoush@nylebcons.org


Passport / Visa

Mr. Gaby Noufaily

Tel: 1 (212) 744-7905, ext 1

Email:gaby.noufaily@nylebcons.org


Mr. Ayman Salman

Email:ayman.salman@nylebcons.org


Legalization/ Powers of Attorney

Mr.Habib Osman

Tel: 1 (212) 744-7905, ext 2

Email:habib.habib@nylebcons.org


Registration of Vital Events

Mr.Tony Barkachy

Tel: 1 (212) 744-7905, ext 3

Email:tony.barkachy@nylebcons.org

 

 
 
DISRUPTION OF PHONE AND EMAIL SERVICE

Our Consulate inbox was the object of a campaign aiming to swamp it with emails, the fact which led to our system breaking down, with a resulting disruption in our phone and email service. We are working to fix the problem and restore our phones and emails as soon as possible.

 
 


 
 
OFFICIAL STATEMENT BY THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF LEBANON IN NEW YORK REGARDING THE PROTEST OF AUG 6


Dear members of the Lebanese and Lebanese-American community and friends of Lebanon in New York and the Northeast, 

In the wake of the horrific tragedy that shook the capital of our beloved Land of Cedars, some Lebanese compatriots gathered before the consulate on August 6, calling for the resignation of the Consul General through inexplicable and undeserved insults, “ultimatums”, abusive calls, and abusive signs on the consulate gate.  

They also called to swamp the Consulate inbox with emails, the fact which led to our system breaking down and consequently to the consulate's incapacity to serve our community in their day-to-day needs and formalities (passports, certificates of birth/marriage/death, powers of attorney, etc…, causing unfair disruption to the interests of tens of thousands of Lebanese and their relatives in Lebanon, including the protestors and their families, especially in these difficult times when citizens are in dire need of the said formalities.  
 
Regarding the call for the resignation, the Consulate would like to clarify the following:  

- The Consul General is a Civil Servant, a career diplomat, not a political appointee, and not an elected official. In this regard, the actual Consul General Mrs Abir Taha Audi is a senior career diplomat with no political affiliation whatsoever to any party or community, who pledged to serve the members of the Lebanese community without any religious, political, gender, or individual preferences, as she is a professional senior civil servant who got enrolled in the Lebanese administration via the Civil Service Council in Lebanon. Indeed, since her enrollment in the public administration, she served under several presidents of the republic and ministers of foreign affairs, which means that she represents the Lebanese administration in serving the Lebanese abroad, not any political class or party.  

- She is the Consul General of Lebanon, not of any particular party, group, sect or politician. Lebanon: the nation. Lebanon: the people. And she took an oath swearing loyalty to the Lebanese Flag alone. 

- She is a career diplomat (
من الملاك) who has joined the diplomatic corps and who will remain in this corps until she retires, because she is part of the administration, not a political class or group. Indeed, she is politically independent, with no political affiliation or loyalty to any party or politician. She only strives to serve Lebanon and its people, her only pride, loyalty and duty. 

- The position and duties of the Consul General of Lebanon as a senior career diplomat are exclusively consularnot political: passports, powers of attorney, certification of documents, birth/marriage/death certificates, etc. This is not a political position which carries political weight, and therefore the resignation of the Consul General will carry no political weight whatsoever. 

- Consequently, the resignation of the Consul General will obviously not solve any of our country’s problems and woes and will not change the course of things, due to the fact that the Consul's work is purely consular and administrative, not political. The Consul General, if she resigns, will be immediately replaced by another Consul to run the consular affairs which exclusively serve the needs and formalities of the Lebanese Diaspora, given the community’s need for someone to handle their consular affairs. On the contrary, any resignation will lead to the suspension and disruption of citizens’ formalities (passports, powers of attorney, birth/marriage/death certificates, certification of documents, translation, etc), with catastrophic consequences for our community’s interests and needs. 

- In fact, by swamping the consulate’s emails, the latter's service system nearly collapsed and we are currently working on fixing the problem in a bid to avoid the disruption of the life of thousands and thousands of citizens in dire need of urgent formalities: no one wants to see the Lebanese citizens here, and their families in Lebanon, suffering from the consequences of such disruption. 

- Regarding the rumors about some “ideological beliefs” that are being spread about the Consul General, the Consul confirms that all these allegations are baseless, they are all lies and harmful rumors based on fabricated “interviews” and fake news by pirates who hijacked her email and her social media accounts several times to ruin her reputation as a Diplomat, an academic figure, and as an author, and the ministry of foreign affairs is very well informed of this.  

Being a holder of a PHD in philosophy from the Sorbonne University in Paris, and an established and internationally published author, the academic publications of the Consul General have been misunderstood, used and misused: consequently, these rumors regarding "ideological beliefs" are caused either by a misunderstanding of her works or by the usual purely academic debates, like the two purely academic books on Nietzsche's philosophy and influence on many political movements and ideologies. Hence, they are not her personal views but merely an in-depth academic analysis of the philosopher’s own views and influence: one must not judge a book by its cover. One must read before judging.   

The Consul General urges everyone not to believe these lies and only believe what she wrote in her copyrighted books which are filled not with hate an intolerance but rather with love, compassion, spirituality, peace, and humanity.  

- Regarding the protest organized by a group of Expats on August 6, 2020 in front of the Consulate General of Lebanon : The Consul General would like to clarify to some of the vocally abusive and verbally violent protesters (some of whom insulted Lebanon itself !!) who hurled insults at her without even knowing anything about her, just the fact that she represents Lebanon: She repeatedly invited the protesters to send in two representatives with their demands in order to calmly talk, but they refused and kept hurling insults and demanding that she step outside and yield to their demand of a forced resignation. She could not talk calmly to such an angry crowd which was very verbally abusive and refused to listen to one word she said. And when they started throwing broken glass at the entrance to the Consulate, she called one of them (who by the way had asked her to find him a job during the Covid-19 pandemic and whom she was trying to help and had asked him to send her his CV) and told him please refrain from throwing glass or that would be considered vandalism by the NYPD and, alerted by the noise, they would certainly intervene since they are probably monitoring the protest on their cameras placed everywhere in the streets. But sadly, this person only heard the word “police” and jumped to the wrong conclusion, completely misinterpreting her friendly advice and consequently shouted to the protesters that she was threatening them with the police, the fact which inflamed them further. 
 
Based on all of the above,  
What is currently happening to the Consul General : harassment, threats, insults, blaming her for all of our country’s woes, insulting the Consulate staff members, and lastly, giving her an “ultimatum” to resign until August 10, 2020 “or else” (…) … all of this is really sad and unfair since she and the entire staff of the Consulate General of Lebanon have been tirelessly serving our community, even during these difficult times, without any interruption or delay. She certainly doesn’t deserve this. The entire staff of the Consulate certainly doesn’t deserve this. 

 
 


 
 
National Tragedy

The Consulate General of Lebanon in New York extends its deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to all our Lebanese compatriots in Lebanon and around the globe, following the horrific explosion which rocked Beirut on August 4, 2020, and the catastrophe that ensued. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims of this tragedy and their families. May God bless and protect our beloved Lebanon.

 
 


 
 
Important Notice

Due to the Corona virus threat, and in order to safeguard the health of our staff, citizens and visitors, the Consulate General of Lebanon in New York will only be receiving formalities by mail. 

All emergencies will be dealt with on a case by case basis, until further notice.

Thank you for your understanding.

 
 


 
 
ATTENTION TRAVELERS TO LEBANON

Starting July 31, 2020, new mandatory regulations related to traveling to Lebanon will be implemented; all travelers to Lebanon must submit a negative PCR test result, provided that the test is conducted no less than 96 hours prior to traveling, that is, 4 days before the travel date, before they get the boarding pass. 

 

Due to the fact that many PCR test results in the US are taking longer than 96 hours to be issued, and after direct discussions between the Embassy of Lebanon in Washington D.C. and relevant Lebanese authorities:

1 - The 96-hour timeline will now be calculated from the date of the issuance of the test results instead of the date of the test swab (that is, 96 hours from the time you receive your test result to boarding time).


2 - All relevant parties, including airlines, have been informed of this revision for travelers departing from the US.

We apologize for the evolving updates due to the fluid COVID-19 situation in Lebanon, as in all countries; however, the necessity of these guidelines ultimately serves to protect the Lebanese population as well as travelers.

 
 


 
 
Community Announcement


Dear members of the Lebanese community and friends of Lebanon,

The Consulate General of Lebanon in New York is pleased to announce the arrival of Mrs. Abir Taha Audi as the new Consul General.

Mrs. Taha Audi earned the title of Ambassador in 2017 and previously served in Geneva, Paris and Tokyo.
Mrs. Taha Audi is a Doctoral Researcher in Philosophy at the Sorbonne University, Paris, and holds a Masters degree in Political Science from the American University of Beirut.
She is an internationally published author of 8 books in philosophy, spirituality and politics, and she speaks fluent English, French and German.

She is looking forward to serving the Lebanese community in the Northeastern U.S.

 
 


 
 
Reacquiring The Lebanese Citizenship

Dear Fellow Lebanese,

We would like to inform you that the Lebanese pertinent authorities, pursuant to Law # 41 “Reacquiring the Lebanese Citizenship” dated November 24, 2015, have started taking applications from members of the Lebanese diaspora to reacquire the Lebanese citizenship. The said Law stipulates that applications should be submitted before November 25, 2025.

Applications will be considered by a committee within the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities of Lebanon. Applicants can appeal the decisions of the said committee within a month from the time they are legally notified of such decisions at the address they specified in their applications.

Persons eligible to apply should have their names or the names of their paternal ancestors, or male relatives on their father’s side, listed on the records of the census of  1921 – 1924, either residents or immigrants registers, and/or the records of the census of 1932, immigrants registers, available at the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities.

Please click on the link below to learn more about the requirements.

 

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Consulate General of Lebanon

9 E. 76th St.
New York, NY 10021

Tel:  (212) 744-7905
Fax: (212) 794-1510
Email:info@nylebcons.org

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM, except for national holidays.

All consular formalities will be delivered the next business day by 1:00 pm.


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