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EGYPT - May 15 - Foreign Minister Appointed.

Pres. Mubarak names Ahmed Maher, 65, a former ambassador to Moscow and Washington, as Foreign Minister in a surprise choice to replace Amr Moussa, who is to take office as Sec.-Gen. of the Arab League on May 16 (see Arab Affairs). Salama Ahmed Salama, a columnist with the semi-official Al Ahram newspaper says: "Not a lot will change. He (Maher) belongs to the same school as Mr. Moussa. I think he is a highly experienced pragmatist - but this is the same generation". (Maher takes office at a critical moment in the Middle East, which is unsettled by the collapse of peace talks and by Israeli-PA violence that has raged for more than seven months. Maher was a member of the team that negotiated the ground-breaking peace treaty with Israel in the Camp David accords of 1979 and led to more than a decade of ostracism of Egypt by the rest of the Arab world).
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Title Annotation:Ahmed Maher
Publication:APS Diplomat Recorder
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:70MID
Date:May 19, 2001
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