Mustafa Khalil

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Mustafa Khalil
Prime Minister of Egypt
In office
October 2, 1978 – May 15, 1980
President Anwar El Sadat
Preceded by Mamdouh Salem
Succeeded by Anwar El Sadat
Personal details
Born November 18, 1920
Egypt Al Qalyubiyah Governorate, Egypt
Died June 7, 2008(2008-06-07) (aged 87)
Egypt Cairo, Egypt
Political party National Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Nehal

Mustafa Khalil (Arabic: مصطفى خليل‎, IPA: [mosˈtˤɑfɑ xæˈliːl]) (November 18, 1920 – June 7, 2008) was an Egyptian politician. He served as the Prime Minister of Egypt from October 2, 1978 to May 15, 1980.[1] Khalil also served as the Egyptian foreign minister from 1979 until 1980. Khalil was best known for helping to negotiate the 1979 Camp David Accord peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.[1] He was born in the Al Qalyubiyah Governorate.

Mustafa Khalil accompanied Egyptian President Anwar Sadat on his historic first visit to Jerusalem, Israel, in November 1977 to meet with the Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin.[1] Khalil was the secretary general of the Arab Socialist Union at the time.[1] The visit by Sadat and Khalil paved the way for negotitaions by United States President Jimmy Carter, which ultuimatey led to the Camp David Accords.[1] Former United Nations Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, who served as the deputy prime minister for foreign affairs, and also travelled with Khalil and Sadat to Israel in 1977, has talked about the important role in while Khalil played in the peace negotiations, "Khalil contributed in serving the country for over 50 years and took part in making peace and building the basis of development...We continued negotiations together that ended in the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty that launched the peace process in the region."[1]

Khalil served as the Prime Minister of Egypt from 1978 until 1980.[1] In recent years, Khalil served as the deputy chairman of the National Democratic Party, which was the governing party of Egypt.[1] He stepped down from that position in November 2007.[1]

Mustafa Khalil died on June 7, 2008, at the age of 88 at a hospital in Cairo, Egypt.[1] According to MENA, Egypt's state-run news agency, Khalil was being treated at the hospital of an unspecified illness at the time.[1] He was survived by his wife, Nehal, his son, Hisham and his daughter, Zeinab.[1] Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak attended Khalil's funeral, which was held on June 9, 2008.[1]

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Preceded by
Mamdouh Muhammad Salem
Prime Minister of Egypt
1978–1980
Succeeded by
Anwar Sadat
Preceded by
Boutros Boutros-Ghali (acting)
Foreign Minister of Egypt
1979–1980
Succeeded by
Kamal Hassan Ali