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DATE: March 11, 2004

Lebanon's ambassador to UN will speak at UM-Dearborn March 19

DEARBORN---Sami Kronfol, Lebanon's ambassador to the United Nations, and Rep. John Conyers Jr. will speak and meet with students and faculty at the University of Michigan-Dearborn during a visit to the Detroit area on Friday, March 19.

The discussion, which will focus on U.S.-Arab relations at the UN, as well as on U.S. relations with Lebanon and the Middle East, is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the campus's Center for Arab American Studies and will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Room 1030, in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building.

Kronfol's visit to the area is being hosted by Conyers, and will include meetings with business and civic leaders and news media, in addition to the visit to UM-Dearborn.

The visit is part of efforts of a New York-based non-profit international relations organization called the Humpty-Dumpty Institute (HDI), founded in 1998. "Our work focuses on improving U.S.-UN relations and forging public-private partnerships to confront complex international policy subjects," according to HDI president Ralph L. Cwerman. Kronfol's visit to Detroit is part of their program to bring UN diplomats to the home districts of members of Congress.

"The aim of this program is to strengthen U.S.-UN ties by sponsoring exchanges among UN diplomats and members of Congress in America's heartland," Cwerman said. "District tours provide these UN officials a look at American life and offer a unique opportunity for dialogue with local academic, business, and civic leaders."
Kronfol has served as Lebanon's ambassador to the UN since 2003. Previously he was his country's ambassador to Egypt, and he has held numerous diplomatic positions in France, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Kuwait and other countries since joining Lebanon's foreign service in 1965.


For information about the Humpty-Dumpty Institute or its programs contact:

John W. Garger
Senior Vice President
Nourie Public Relations, Inc.
Tel: (203) 629-1540

Carlos Suárez-Acta
Program Officer for Congressional Affairs
The Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI)
29 West 46th Street, 5th Fl.
New York, NY 10036
Tel: (212) 944-7111 Fax: (212) 398-0304

William J. Rigler
Executive Director
The Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI)
29 West 46th Street, 5th Fl.
New York, NY 10036
Tel: (212) 944-7111 Fax: (212) 398-0304



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