Egypt’s ex-foreign minister named Secretary General of Arab League


CAIRO, Egypt – Egypt’s former foreign minister Ahmad Abul Gheit was Thursday night named the secretary-general of the Arab League for a five-year mandate, Egyptian state television reported.

He replaces his compatriot Nabil Al Araby, who has held the post since 2011, according to the broadcaster. Last month, Al Araby said he would not seek a second term.

Approving Abul Gheit as the sole contender for the post was delayed for hours due to Qatar’s objection.

“We have followed Arab consensus on Egypt’s nomination of Abul Gheit for the position of the Arab League’s secretary-general,” Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammad bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani said in a press conference that followed the Arab foreign ministers’ endorsement of the Egyptian diplomat.

“We announce our reservation about the personality of the nominee.” The Qatari official did not give an explanation for his country’s reservations.