Ibrahim Dabbashi elected as Chair of the U.N. General Assembly's First Committee

Ibrahim Dabbashi, Permanent Representative of Libya to the United Nations, was named Chair of the First Committee of Disarmament and International Security by the U.N. General Assembly on October 1.

Dabbashi most recently served as Libya's permanent representative to the U.N. since July. He served as Chargé d'affaires ad interim since January 2013 and Deputy Permanent Representative of Libya since 2009.

Prior to serving as Deputy Permanent Representative of Libya, Dabbashi served as deputy director and acting director in the Department of International Organizations to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2004 to 2007. He also served as the head of division for the Department of International Organizations to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2002 to 2004.

Dabbashi served as the Minister Plenipotentiary at Libya's Embassy in Berlin, Germany from 1998 to 2002, acting director of the department from 1997 to 1998 and head of division from 1996 to 1998.

Dabbashi served as political adviser to the secretariat of the General People's Congress from 1995 to 1996 and led the Eastern European Division in the Foreign Ministry from 1992 to 1995. Prior to this, he served as counselor to Belgrade, Yugoslavia from 1988 to 1992 and also served as head of the Ministry's Non-aligned Division from 1985 to 1988.

Dabbashi's extensive background gave the leaders of the U.N. General Assembly full confidence in his ability to serve as chair to the first committee.