The 22-member Cairo-based league has been ruled primarily by Egyptian diplomats since its founding in 1945.
Arab foreign ministers on Wednesday re-appointed a veteran Egyptian diplomat as secretary general of the Cairo-based Arab League.
Ahmed Aboul Gheit, former ambassador to the United Nations and last Egyptian foreign minister under ousted President Hosni Mubarak, won the support of the meeting of Arab foreign ministers in the Egyptian capital.
During the talks, Aboul Gheit expressed his optimism about the progress of the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during his new five-year term.
“A new opportunity is emerging today with the new American administration taking the levers of power to correct this path and launch a real peace process, based on international law, a framework and a lasting solution – and not just to negotiate in for negotiation purposes. ”Aboul Gheit said.
In January, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi announced that Cairo would appoint Aboul Gheit for a second term as head of the 22-member bloc.
The 78-year-old was the only candidate for the post, as it is a long-standing protocol that Arab League host Egypt has traditionally appointed the league’s leader since its founding in 1945.
Aboul Gheit served as Egypt’s foreign minister for the last seven years of Mubarak’s reign, stepping down in 2011 after the uprising that toppled Mubarak.
Aboul Gheit is known to be a pragmatic diplomat with a strong hostility towards political factions of Islam like the Muslim Brotherhood.
He spoke out against Turkey and Iran, two regional powers with major influence in the Arab world.
He also criticized the 2011 uprisings that engulfed the region and led to the overthrow of four longtime autocratic leaders, but also sparked three civil wars.