Wasif Boutros Ghali

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Wasif Boutros Ghali
18th Foreign Minister of Egypt
In office
28 January 1923 – 24 November 1924
MonarchFuad I
In office
16 March 1928 – 25 June 1928
In office
1 January 1930 – 19 June 1930
In office
9 May 1936 – 30 December 1937
Personal details
Political partyWafd
ProfessionPolitician, writer, Diplomat

Wasif Boutros Ghali (1878–1958) (Arabic: واصف بطرس غالي) was an Egyptian writer, diplomat, and political figure. He was appointed Foreign Minister of Egypt four times: in 1924, 1928, 1930 and between 1936 and 1937.


Ghali was a son of Egyptian Prime Minister Boutros Ghali. Born into a Coptic Orthodox Christian family, he was part of the French-speaking elite of Egypt. His older brother Youssef was the father of Boutros Boutros-Ghali, who became Secretary General of the United Nations.[1] After studying law in France, he worked from 1905 to 1911 in the khedive's European chancery. From 1911 he was in France, holding a chair in Arabic Literature at the EHES from 1914. He married a Frenchwoman and had his books published in Paris. After the war, he returned to Egypt. He was a member of the Wafd Party. He was Egypt's principal representative at the 1937 Montreux conference. He received the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor in 1939. He was a director of the Suez Canal Company from 1950 to 1956.[2]


  • Le jardin des fleurs, essais sur la poésie arabe, et morceaux choisis (1913).
  • Les perles éparpillées, contes et légendes arabes (1919).
  • La tradition chevaleresque des Arabes (1919).
  • Pour le peuple égyptien (1920).


  • Arthur Goldschmidt Jr., "The Butrus Ghali Family", Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt, Vol. 30 (1993), p. 182-88.
  • Raouf Kamel, Wacyf Ghali, l'écrivain (Cairo: IFAO, 1960).


  1. ^ Goldschmidt, Arthur (1993). "The Butrus Ghali Family". Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt. 30: 183–188.
  2. ^ Goldschmidt, Arthur (1993). "The Butrus Ghali Family". Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt. 30: 187. doi:10.2307/40000236. JSTOR 40000236.