Egypt requests exceptional Arab League session to elect secretary-general
Former minister of foreign affairs Ahmed Aboul Gheit - Ahmed ismail/Youm7

CAIRO: Egypt has requested an exceptional Arab League session to be held March 10 to select a secretary-general; thus far only Egypt has come forward with a nominee, according to the Foreign Ministry.

The ministry’s spokesperson Ahmed Abou Zeid told Hayat TV that Egypt will disclose the name of its nominee after “needed consultations” are finalized.

Local media reported anonymous sources saying former Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit is Egypt’s candidate.

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil el-Araby announced he would not nominate himself to assume the position for a second 5-year term.

Aboul Gheit was the country’s top diplomat from July 2004 to March 2011 following the January 25 Revolution.

The diplomat has made several strong anti-Iran statements, and emphasized the importance of keeping the Syrian army intact, regardless of the fate of President Bashar al-Assad.

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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