Ahmed Aboul Gheit

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Ahmed Aboul Gheit
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Ahmed Aboul Gheit at the 41st Munich Security Conference 2005
Foreign Minister of Egypt
In office
11 July 2004 – 6 March 2011
President Hosni Mubarak
Mohamed Tantawi (Acting)
Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif
Ahmed Shafik
Preceded by Ahmed Maher
Succeeded by Nabil Elaraby
Personal details
Born (1942-06-12) 12 June 1942 (age 73)
Cairo, Egypt
Nationality Egyptian

Ahmed Aboul-Gheit (Arabic: أحمد أبو الغيط‎, also: Abu al-Ghayt, Abu El Gheyt, etc.) (born 12 June 1942) is a retired Egyptian diplomat who was the Foreign Minister of Egypt from 11 July 2004 to 6 March 2011. Aboul-Gheit previously served as Egypt's ambassador to the United Nations.[1] In December 2005, he began mediating the Chad-Sudan conflict. He was succeeded by ICJ judge Nabil Elaraby in March 2011, following the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Heliopolis in Cairo on 12 June 1942,[3] Aboul Gheit was originally from the city of Port Saeed. He started his career as Third Secretary in the Embassy of Cyprus and moved into being the First Secretary for Egypt's Ambassador in the United Nations, Political Consultant in the Egyptian Embassy in Russia in 1984, and moved into being the Ambassador of Egypt in Rome, Macedonia and San Marino. In 1999 he was the head of Egypt's permanent delegation in the United Nations.[4]

Regarding the Pope Benedict XVI Islam controversy, he said "this was a very unfortunate statement and it is a statement that shows that there is a lack of understanding of real Islam. And because of this we are hopeful that such statements and such positions would not be stated in order to not allow tension and distrust and recriminations to brew between the Muslim as well as the west."[5]

On 26 December 2010, Aboul Gheit opened the first Egyptian consulate outside Baghdad in the northern city of Erbil in a one-day visit to Iraq, where he also held talks with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.[6]


  1. ^ "Envoy to UN Named Foreign Minister in New Egyptian Govt", Reuters (Arab News), 11 July 2004.
  2. ^ "Breaking News". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Aboul Gheit, Ahmed". Rulers. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Not a popularity contest". Al Ahram Weekly (534). 17–23 May 2001. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "In quotes: Muslim reaction to Pope", BBC, 16 September 2006
  6. ^ Hossam El Kady. "Egypt opens new consulate in Iraq". The Egyptian Gazette. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Ahmad Maher
Foreign Minister of Egypt
Succeeded by
Nabil Elaraby