Cairo nominates Egyptian for Arab League secretary-general post
Arab League Secretary General Nabil Al-Araby - REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany
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CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has nominated an Egyptian to succeed Arab League Secretary-General Nabil el-Araby, according to a Sunday statement by the Foreign Ministry, which did not release the candidate’s name.

Araby had announced he would not nominate himself to assume the position for a second term of five years. The Arab League is headquartered in Cairo.

The nominee will be announced in the coming days after “necessary, high-level consultations,” to garner Arab support for the candidate, who has a “great diplomatic experience,” the statement said.

Sisi has already contacted Arab presidents and kinds to inform them of the diplomat, the statement added.

Araby was a foreign minister for about four months before he became the Arab League’s Secretary-General in June 2011.

Egypt has monopolized the position since its foundation in 1945, except for a Tunisian who assumed the post for about 11 years in an anti-Egypt stance following its peace treaty with Israel.

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