Prominent politician Osama Albaz has died.
Albaz’s wife Omaima Tammam announced his passing in a tweet, adding, “with deep sorrow I mourn Dr. Osama Albaz, who left our world in today’s first hours.”
Albaz, once called “the safe of state secrets” and “the dean of Egyptian diplomacy”, was born in 1931 in a small Egyptian village and became a close advisor and counselor to former president Hosni Mubarak.
After obtaining a Ph.D. in law from Harvard University, Albaz began his Egyptian political career. He participated in the Camp David Accords and helped draft the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel in 1979. He also wrote a book called “Egypt and the 21st century.”
In the later years of Mubarak’s tenure, Albaz reportedly criticized the president over plans to install his son Gamal as his successor, resulting in distance between the president and his former close counselor.
Translated from Youm7