Takla participated in gaining Lebanon its independence, and set the foundations
of Lebanese politics, especially with regard to diplomatic relations with foreign
Born to a family that had no relation to politics, he studied in St. Joseph
College in Aintoura. From a young age, his ambition was to become a lawyer and
defend human rights. Selim Takla believed that Lebanon's independence depended
on a coalition between the East and the West.
He participated in the first post-independence government and fought to strengthen
its unity and solidarity. A staunch statesman, he struggled to modify the Legislation
and abolish the mandate privileges in the Legislation.
At the time of his death on January 11, 1945, he was Minister of Foreign Affairs
and deputy prime minister of Abdel Hamid Karameh's Cabinet (1943 - 1947).