Ahmed Asmat Abdel-Meguid

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Ahmed Asmat Abdel-Meguid
أحمد عصمت عبد المجيد
Ahmed Asmat Abdel-Meguid.jpg
5th Secretary-General of the Arab League
In office
1 June 1991 – 1 June 2001
Preceded by Chedli Klibi
Succeeded by Amr Moussa
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
17 July 1984 – 1 June 1991
President Hosni Mubarak
Prime Minister
Preceded by Kamal Hassan Ali
Succeeded by Amr Moussa
Personal details
Born (1924-03-01)1 March 1924
Cairo, Egypt
Died 21 December 2013(2013-12-21) (aged 89)
Cairo, Egypt
Nationality Egyptian
Political party National Democratic Party
Alma mater Alexandria University
University of Paris
Profession Diplomat

Ahmed Asmat Abdel-Meguid (Arabic: أحمد عصمت عبد المجيد‎‎‎; 1 March 1924 – 21 December 2013) was an Egyptian diplomat. He served as the Foreign Minister of Egypt between 1984 and 1991, and as the Secretary-General of the Arab League from 1991 until 2001.[1]


Born in Alexandria in March 1924, Abdel Meguid received a law degree from Alexandria University in 1944 before going on to obtain a doctorate of international law from the University of Paris in 1947.[2] He joined the Egyptian foreign ministry in 1950 and worked in several departments, notably the British and French sections. He became ambassador to France in 1970, deputy foreign minister in 1970, and Egypt's high representative to the United Nations in 1972. He served in that position until 1983, and was then foreign minister from 1984 to 1991, when he was elected secretary-general of the Arab League.[2]

He died in Cairo on 21 December 2013, at the age of 89.[3]


  1. ^ "Ismat Abdel Majid". Alexandria Governorate. Archived from the original on 25 October 2010. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Goldschmidt, Jr., Arthur (2000). Biographical Dictionary of Modern Egypt. Lynne Rienner Publishers. p. 5. ISBN 978-1-55587-229-8. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Former Arab League secretary-general Esmat Abdel-Meguid dies". Ahram Online. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Kamal Hassan Ali
Foreign Minister of Egypt
Succeeded by
Amr Moussa
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Chedli Klibi
Secretary-General of the Arab League
Succeeded by
Amr Moussa