FaceOf: Ahmed Aboul Gheit, secretary-general of the Arab League

Ahmed Aboul Gheit. (Reuters)
Updated 11 July 2018
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FaceOf: Ahmed Aboul Gheit, secretary-general of the Arab League

  • After graduating with a business degree from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Aboul Gheit joined the diplomatic corps in 1965, and rose through the ranks of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ahmed Aboul Gheit is an Egyptian diplomat and the eighth secretary-general of the Arab League. 

Before his July 2016 nomination as secretary-general, Aboul Gheit served as the minister of foreign affairs of Egypt from July 2004 to March 2011.

On Tuesday, Aboul Gheit met with the Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, in the Chinese capital of Beijing for the eighth session of the ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum. 

During the meeting, they discussed a number of issues of mutual interest between the two countries, in addition to the highlighted topics on the forum’s official agenda.

Born in Cairo in 1942, Aboul Gheit originally hailed from the city of Port Said. After graduating with a business degree from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Aboul Gheit joined the diplomatic corps in 1965, and rose through the ranks of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Aboul Gheit occupied diplomatic positions in Rome, Nicosia, Moscow, and New York. In 1978, he participated in negotiations for the Camp David Accords, which would lead to the signing of the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty.

Aboul Gheit was a political consultant at the Egyptian Embassy in the Soviet Union in 1984, as well as serving as the ambassador of Egypt to Italy, Macedonia and San Marino. 

In 1999, he was the head of Egypt’s permanent delegation to the UN, and in the same year was appointed permanent representative of Egypt to the UN, serving through 2004.

In December 2005, he played a vital role in mediating the Chad-Sudan conflict. In December 2010, Aboul Gheit opened the first Egyptian Consulate outside Baghdad and also held talks with former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. 


Saudi Arabia’s security agencies arrested 1,628 for drug crimes in the past year

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Saudi Arabia’s security agencies arrested 1,628 for drug crimes in the past year

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s security forces announced on Friday that they have arrested a total of 1,628 people from Sept. 2018 to Mar. 2019, as part of efforts to combat the smuggling and promotion of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
The perpetrators arrested included 1,024 Saudi nationals, and 41 individuals from different nationalities, for their involvement in crimes of smuggling, possession, couriering and dealing of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
During the course of their duties, the security forces faced armed resistance from smugglers and dealers in a number of security operations, resulting in the injury of 33 security personnel, in addition to the deaths of 10 and the injury of 21 drug smugglers and traffickers.
The total seized in the security operations of narcotics, psychotropic substances, weapons and cash are as follows:
1. 20,417,349 tablets of amphetamine (Captagon)
2. 18,197 tons of hashish
3: 6.5 kgs of raw heroin
4. Almost 79 kgs of impure heroin
5. Around 2 kgs of cocaine
6.Just over 32 kgs of anesthesia
7. More than 19 kgs of opium
8. 1,962,044 regulated medicinal pills
9. 439 miscellaneous weapons, and 13,086 various live rounds
10. A total of SR 24,746,443 was seized