Egypt: Cairo canvasses for UNESCO Director-General post

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Egypt has begun campaigning for its candidate for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General post, Moushira Khattab.

Moushira Khattab is a human rights activist and former Minister of Family & Population and former ambassador.

Khattab boasts a large experience in the UN system. She was confirmed country’s candidate last year by the Prime Minister.

Cairo Tuesday wooed Algeria’s vote as former foreign minister Mohamed El-Orabi arrived in Algiers to get Algeria’s support for the Egyptian candidate.

Omar Abu Aish, Egypt’s ambassador to Algeria who also attended the meeting told Asharq Al-Awsat that Orabi will also visit other capitals to secure support for Khattab.

The Egyptian candidate will face eight other contenders including Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari from Qatar, Qian Tang from China and Audrey Azoulay from France.

The election of the future Director-General will take place next month during the UNESCO Board’s 202nd session.

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