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Clovis Maksoud, a long-serving Lebanese ambassador, journalist, lawyer and professor passed away early Sunday morning at the age of 90 at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington D.C. Maksoud was a well-known and respected Lebanese figure, having served as Ambassador to India and South-East Asia for the League of Arab States from 1961 to 1966 .Born in the U.S. to Lebanese parents in 1926, Maksoud moved to Lebanon at 18 in 1944 to study political science and economics at the American University of Beirut. He later studied at George Washington University in Washington D.C and undertook a postgraduate degree at Oxford University in the U.K. While in the country, Maksoud helped shape contemporary Lebanese politics when he joined Kamal Jumblatt in forming the Progressive Socialist Party in 1949 . Maksoud and his late wife Hala Salam Maksoud, the niece of late Lebanese Prime Minister Saeb Salam, were central figures in the ADC and worked with the group closely for over three decades.
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