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Egypt's Aboul Gheit Reappointed Arab League Chief

Egypt's Aboul Gheit Reappointed Arab League Chief

Wednesday, 3 March, 2021 - 13:00
Secretary-General of Arab League Ahmed Abul Gheit (File Photo: Reuters)

Arab foreign ministers on Wednesday reappointed Ahmed Aboul Gheit as the secretary-general of the Arab League, Egypt’s state-run news agency reported.


Aboul Gheit, a former ambassador to the United Nations won the backing of the Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo, MENA's report said.


In January, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi announced that Cairo would nominate Aboul Gheit for a second, five-year term as the chief of the 22-member bloc.


He was first appointed in 2016 as the secretary-general of the AL.


Aboul Gheit, 78, is the eighth general secretary of the League since its establishment.


He began his diplomatic career in the mid-sixties, and held various positions, lastly as Egypt’s Foreign Minister between 2004 and 2011 before he was elected to lead the AL.


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