1997 marked the first time Lebanon hosted an Ambassador to the United States. The gentleman in this role was Farid Abboud.
Farid Abboud endured a decade long tenure during one of the most tumultuous times in Lebanon. Some of Farid Abboud's contributions can be viewed in the Wikipedia page.
Farid Abboud's Early Career in Washington
Politics of Lebanon by Farid Abboud
2006 Lebanese War
Farid interviewed by Jim Lehrer together with DANIEL AYALON, Ambassador, Israel Farid Abboud PBS Interview