Egypt backs Aboul Gheit for second Arab League term
Egypt plans to nominate Ahmed Aboul Gheit to serve a second five-year term as secretary-general of the Arab League, Saudi’s Asharq News reports, citing what it says are diplomatic sources. Egypt will make it official in the coming days, preparing for the March Arab League summit at which the next secretary general is to be appointed. If the summit faces covid-related delays, the nomination will be decided by Arab foreign ministers in a meeting before Aboul Gheit’s term expires on 30 June. Aboul Gheit is a veteran diplomat and continues a long-standing tradition that has seen Egyptians hold the top position at the Arab League for most of its 76-year existence.
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