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.