New Secretary General of Arab League is Egyptian Diplomat Ahmed Abul Gheit [ Current Affairs ]

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The Arab League is Veteran Egyptian diplomat Ahmed Abul Gheit (73). In favour of Aboul Gheit 22-member league voted unanimously who was only contender for the post at its ministerial meeting held in Cairo, Egypt. He will replace Nabil El-Araby, Egyptian diplomat whose term ends in July 2016 due to he had rejected second five-year term.

  • Abul Gheit has served as former ambassador of Egypt to the United Nations.
  • From 2004 to 2011 he had also served as Egypt’s foreign minister during the final seven years of Hosni Mubarak’s rule.

About Arab League

The Arab League is a regional organization of Arab countries in and around North Africa, the Horn of Africa and Arabia.

Objectives of Arab League are:

  • Provide economic, political, cultural, scientific and social programmes designed to promote the interests of the Arab world.
  • Between member States and co-ordinate collaboration draw closer the relations.
  • Protection their independence and sovereignty and to consider in a general way the affairs and interests of the Arab countries.

It was founded on 22nd March 1945 in Cairo in Cairo by six members viz.

  • Egypt
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Syria

Currently the League has 22 members counting Syria whose participation has been suspended since November 2011.

- Published on: March 14, 2016