Mohamed Kamel Amr

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Mohamed Kamel Amr
Mohamed Kamel Amr Senate of Poland.JPG
Foreign Minister of Egypt
In office
18 July 2011 – 16 July 2013
President Mohammed Morsi
Adly Mansour (acting)
Prime Minister Essam Sharaf
Kamal Ganzouri
Hesham Qandil
Hazem Al Beblawi
Preceded by Mohamed Orabi
Succeeded by Nabil Fahmy
Personal details
Born (1942-12-01) 1 December 1942 (age 73)
Cairo, Egypt
Nationality Egyptian

Mohamed Kamel Amr (Arabic: محمد کامل عمرو, born 1 December 1942)[1] is an Egyptian diplomat who served as Egypt's minister of foreign affairs from 2011 to 2013. He resigned from office on 2 July 2013.[2]


Amr began his career as a counselor in the Egyptian mission to the United Nations. His term lasted for five years from August 1982 to September 1987. At the same period, he became the representative of Egypt on the United Nations Security Council (1983-1984). He continued to work as a counselor responsible for multilateral diplomacy and organizations and as deputy prime minister and deputy minister of foreign affairs from September 1987 to January 1989. He served in the Egypt's embassy in Washington DC from January 1989 to December 1993. Then he was appointed deputy assistant foreign minister for African organizations (January 1993 – September 1995). He served as ambassador of Egypt to Saudi Arabia[3] and representative of Egypt to the Organization of Islamic Conference for two years from September 1995 to December 1997. Amr was appointed alternate executive director, representing Egypt and 13 Arab countries on the executive board of directors of the World Bank in Washington DC (December 1997 – January 2009).[4]

Amr served as foreign minister first in Essam Sharaf's government from 18 July 2011 to December 2011.[5] He replaced Mohamed Orabi as foreign minister.[6] The appointment of Amr was part of a cabinet reshuffle demanded by protesters camped out in central Cairo.[7] He retained his post in Kamal Ganzouri's government from 7 December 2011 to August 2012. He served as the foreign minister in Hesham Qandil's cabinet from 2 August 2012 to 2 July 2013 when he resigned due to mass demonstrations.[2][8]

On 10 July 2013, the interim Prime Minister Hazem Al Beblawi announced that Amr would remain foreign minister in his transitional cabinet.[9] However, Amr announced his intention not to continue in the post on 14 July.[10] Then on the same day Nabil Fahmy accepted the post.[10]

Ministerial activities and views[edit]

Amr was named as member of Arab diplomatic delegation, headed by Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi, that deal with the political conflict between the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and Israel on 27 December 2012.[11] The delegation also included Jordanian foreign minister Nasser Judeh.[11]

On 4 July 2013, Amr assured U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a telephone call that the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi had not been a military coup, but a revolution.[12]


  1. ^ "Biography". Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 
  2. ^ a b "Egypt's foreign minister tenders resignation — state news agency". Trust. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Fiske, Gavriel (2 July 2013). "Egyptian foreign minister resigns as Morsi remains defiant". The Times of Israel. AP. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Egypt’s New Cabinet Under Qandil". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Li Laifang; Marwa Yehia (18 July 2011). "Egypt's new cabinet unveils". Xinhua (Cairo). Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Ezzat, Dina (18 July 2011). "Mohamed Kamel Amr is the surprising choice for foreign minister". Ahram Online. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Egypt named Kamel Amr as foreign minister Trust
  8. ^ "Egypt's government: It's time to get to know the ministers". Egypt Business. 5 August 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "New PM El-Beblawi vows to form 'most important govt in Egypt history'". Xinhua. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Nabil Fahmy accepts foreign minister post, Cabinet talks ongoing". Egypt Independent. MENA/Reuters. 14 July 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Palestinian political conflict with Israel grows amid active Arab diplomacy". Xinhua. 27 December 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "Egypt foreign minister to Kerry: no "military coup"". Yahoo. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mohamed Orabi
Foreign Minister of Egypt
Succeeded by
Nabil Fahmy