|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
16 July 2013 – 17 June 2014
|Prime Minister||Hazem Al Beblawi
|Preceded by||Mohamed Kamel Amr|
|Succeeded by||Sameh Shoukry|
5 January 1951 |
|Constitution Party (until July 2013)|
|Alma mater||American University in Cairo|
Early life and education
He holds a bachelor of science degree in physics and mathematics and a master's degree in management, both of which he received from the American University in Cairo in 1974 and 1976, respectively.
Fahmi is a career diplomat. He served in the Egyptian cabinet from 1974 to 1978 in various posts, including Deputy Foreign Minister. He also assumed the post of advisor to the Vice President of Egypt and was the secretary of the President for external communications from February 1974 to August 1976. He worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in different capacities, including member of the Egyptian mission to the United Nations Office at Geneva and New York and political advisor from August 1993 to September 1997. He served as the Ambassador of Egypt to Japan from September 1997 to September 1999. Next he served as the Ambassador of Egypt to the United States from October 1999 to September 2008. Therefore, his term saw the September 11 attacks.
From 1999 to 2003 he was also among the members of the UN Secretary General's advisory board on disarmament issues and he was appointed chairman of the board in 2001. Upon returning to Cairo he was named Ambassador-at-Large at the ministry. Another significant function of Fahmi was that he was among those who contributed to Gamal Mubarak's succession portfolio.
After leaving his diplomatic post, he entered politics. He was a member of the Constitution Party headed by Mohamed ElBaradei. He also joined American University as a faculty member. He is also the founding dean of university's school of public affairs. In addition, he worked as the dean at the faculty. He was named non-resident chair of the Middle East project carried out by the James Martin center for nonproliferation studies in 2009. He was also a board member of McLarty associates.
On 14 July 2013, he announced that he accepted a proposal to become minister of foreign affairs in the interim government of Egypt led by Hazem Al Beblawi. He accepted the post after Mohamed Kamel Amr had declared his intention not to continue in the post. On 16 July Fahmi was sworn in as foreign minister. Fahmi suspended his membership at the Constitution Party when he began to serve as foreign minister.
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