Abdul Khalek Hassouna

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Mohammed Abdul Khalek Hassouna (Arabic: محمد عبد الخالق حسونة‎) (October 28, 1898 – January 20, 1992) was an Egyptian diplomat who served as the second Secretary-General of the Arab League from 1952 to 1972.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Cairo in 1898, Abdel-Khalek Hassouna was the grandson of Al-Azhar Grand Sheikh Hassouna El-Nawawi. Hassouna Pasha as he was later known obtained his masters and doctorate degrees in economics and political science from the University of Cambridge in 1925, where he was a member of Magdalene College. He was a member of the first mission sent abroad by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He served at the Egyptian embassies in Berlin, Rome, Prague and Stockholm.

Hassouna served as governor of Alexandria from 1942 to 1948, during which time the University of Alexandria was completed. He served as social affairs minister between 1949 and 1950 and then Minister of education and foreign affairs.

He succeeded Abdul Rahman Hassan Azzam at the Arab League in 1952[1] and served for the next 20 years. He was succeeded by Mahmoud Riad in 1972.[2]


  1. ^ Clark, Michael (September 11, 1952). Arab Body Meets; To Pick New Chief; League Council Must Appoint Azzam's Successor -- Items for U. N. Debate on Agenda. New York Times
  2. ^ Staff report (January 26, 1992). Mahmoud Riad, 75; Former Egypt Official. New York Times
Preceded by
Abdul Rahman Hassan Azzam
Secretary-General of the Arab League
Succeeded by
Mahmoud Riad