The 17-member Arab League Council met in Cairo on Thursday (June 1) and elected Egypt's Presidential advisor on Foreign Affairs, Mr Mahmoud Riad, its new Secretary-General.
GV Arab League Council building
SV Bahrain & Jordan delegates arrive
SV Moroccan ditto
SV Algerian delegate arrives
SV INT. Celegates seated
SV Delegates leave after Riad elected
SV Flags on building
SV Ried out of car & greeted before entering Council chamber (2 shots)
SV Riad greeted in chamber
CU Saudi Arabia delegate makes welcoming speech in Arabic
SCU Riad speaking (2 shots)
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Background: The 17-member Arab League Council met in Cairo on Thursday (June 1) and elected Egypt's Presidential advisor on Foreign Affairs, Mr Mahmoud Riad, its new Secretary-General.
Mr Riad, 55, is a former egyptian Foreign Minister. He succeeds Mr. Abdel Khalek Hassouna, 74, who had asked to retire on the grounds of ill health. He had filled the post for nearly 20 years.
The appointment puts one of the Arab world's most experienced diplomats in control of an organisation which spends more than a million pounds (sterling) a year to achieve its aim of strengthening the Arab world through unity.
Former in 1945, the League is similar in structure to the United Nations with specialised agencies and committees working in the fields of cultures, economics, politics, social and military affairs, legal issues, health, communications and human rights for Areba.
Mr Raid, who represented Egypt at the Mixed Armistice Commission from 1949 to 1952 and later directed Egypt's Department of Arab Affairs, was his country's permanent representative to the United Nations between 1962 and 1964, when he became known as the "quiet man of Egyptian diplomacy". He served as the Egyptian foreign Minister for eight years until January this year.
This Visnews film shot by Ken Ludlow, shows Arab League delegates electing Mr Riad, who was officially welcomed to the post by the Saudi Arabian delegate.
SYNOPSIS: At a special session of the Arab League Council in Cairs on Thursday, delegates from the seventeen member countries met to elect a new Secretary-General. Their choice was one of the Arab world's most experienced diplomats -- Mahmoud Riad, Egypt's Presidential advisor on foreign affairs.
The delegates made their choice after the outgoing Secretary-General, Abdel Khalek Hasseuna, resigned on the grounds of ill health. He is seventy-four.
After the voting, Mr Riad was called to the chamber to take the each of office. He was educated at the military Academy in Cairo and later held posts in the Egyptian diplomatic corps in Berlin, France, Brussels and Rome. Later, he represented Egypt at the Mixed Armistice Commission and went on to become the permanent representative for Egypt to the United Nations, where he was known as the quiet man of Egyptian diplomacy. In nineteen-sixty-four, he was appointed Egyptian foreign minister -- a post he held until January this year.
The new Secretary-General received an enthusiastic welcome as he entered the Council chamber....
The senior delegate of the Council, from Saudi Arabia, welcomed the diplomat to his new post. Mr Riad is expected to extend the policy of President Sadat of trying to unite the Arab world -- compared with Mr. Hassouna's role of trying to conciliate differences between the Leauge's member states. The League is similar in structure to the United Nations and has specialised agencies for ??? in the fields of culture, economic social and military affairs an ??? legal issues, health and human rights for the Arabs.