MOUSSA, Amr

Born in 1936, Amr Moussa studied law in Cairo before beginning a career as civil servant in the Egyptian Foreign Affairs Ministry in 1958. He became Egyptian Ambassador to India in 1967, ambassador to the United Nations in 1990, then he was appointed Egyptian foreign minister from 1991 to 2001.

Acting as intermediary between Israelis and  PLO Palestinians since 1992 when they were holding secret talks, he gave his full support to the September 1993 Declaration of Principles (see « Oslo Peace Process ») and ensured Egypt’s backing to the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) of Syria, Jordan and Iran. he had an important function in strengthening Egypt’s political prestige in the region.

Amr Moussa was appointed Secretary General of the League of Arab States in May 2001. He still holds that position. Besides, he is one of Egypt’s most respected politician and the most popular in the Arab world and especially in Egypt. According to Time magazine, Amr Moussa is « perhaps the most adored public servant in the Arab world ».

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Meeting with Amr Moussa, the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, France24