Azmi Saif-al-Din Tawfeek


Secretary-General of the United Nations
26 November 1998 – 24 September 2006

Predecessor: João Santana Freitas
Successor: Isidro Méndez
Deputy: Slava Yakovlev
Born: 9 April 1939
Beirut, French Mandate of Syria

Azmi Saif-al-Din Tawfeek (Arabic: سيف الدين عزمي توفيق Azmi Saif al-Din Tawfiq) is a Lebanese politician, labour leader, government official and author. He served as Lebanese Foreign Minister during from 1975 to 1981, during the Lebanese Civil War. From 1998 to 2006 he was Secretary-General of the United Nations. Tawfeek earned a reputation as a pragmatic, determined politician.

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