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Mahmoud Hammoud (born 1935) is a Lebanese politician and a retired career diplomat.
Hammoud is a Shiite Muslim. He was born in Kafarkila, Marjayoun district, southern Lebanon.
He served as ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (1978–1983), West Germany (1983–1985), the Soviet Union and Finland (1986–1990), and the United Kingdom (1990–1999), where he was doyen of the diplomatic corps.
In October 2000, Hammoud became Foreign Minister for the first time. He served in that position until April 2003 when he became Defense Minister in a cabinet reshuffle. When the government of Omar Karami took office in October 2004, he was reappointed as foreign minister. Karami and his cabinet resigned in March 2005.