The Honorary Consulate of Lebanon in Nevada was established in Las Vegas in 2019. It is the official representative of the Lebanese Republic Government in Nevada, it works to foster positive relations and encourage collaboration between the US and Lebanon. The Consulate reports directly to the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants and deals with a wide array of political, commercial, cultural and economic issues. It also strives to protect the interests of Lebanese citizens and of Americans of Lebanese descent living in the state of Nevada.
Lebanon has one Embassy and three Consulates General in the United States, each consulate covers a specific jurisdiction.
Six Honorary Consulates other than the Honorary Consulate of Lebanon in Nevada serve the residents of Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, North Carolina, and Ohio.The Honorary Consulate of Lebanon in Nevada, in Arizona and in San Francisco, are affiliated and fall under the jurisdiction of the Consulate General of Lebanon in Los Angeles.
The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (or VCCR), a multilateral treaty completed in 1963, is the legal instrument that codifies the consular practices that developed through customary international law, numerous bilateral treaties, and a number of regional treaties.
The VCCR enumerates basic legal rights and duties of signatory States, including:
Pursuant to Article 68 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR), the United States has decided to receive honorary consular officers. The Department of State’s Office of Foreign Missions (OFM) holds the authority and responsibility for approving the establishment of consular posts in the United States, including those headed by honorary consular officers, as well as the appointment of honorary consular officers. .
The Department of State informs that the proposed honorary consular officer will (1) exercise meaningful consular functions on a regular basis and (2) come under the supervision of, and be accountable to, the government which he or she represents.