Ḥassūnah, ʿAbd al-Khāliq

Ḥassūnah, ʿAbd al-Khāliq

▪ Egyptian diplomat
in full  Muḥammad ʿAbd al-Khāliq Ḥassūnah  
born October 28, 1898, Cairo, Egypt
died January 20, 1992, Cairo

      Egyptian diplomat who was secretary-general of the Arab League (1952–72) and a skillful mediator, particularly during the international crisis that ensued after Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser (Nasser, Gamal Abdel) nationalized the Suez Canal in 1956 and during the difficulties surrounding the independence of Kuwait in 1961.

      Ḥassūnah graduated in law (1921) from the University of Cairo and in economics and political science (1925) from the University of Cambridge. He spent most of his early career with the Egyptian Foreign Ministry and served in a variety of posts, including undersecretary of state (1939), governor of the city of Alexandria (1942), minister of social affairs (1949), and foreign minister (1952). He was named the head of the Arab League shortly after King Fārūq I (Farouk I) of Egypt was overthrown in 1952. Ḥassūnah proved to be a persuasive and respected negotiator, mediating between Arab nations and between the league and countries outside the region. In 1961 he coordinated the creation of a league force to protect the newly independent Kuwait from Iraqi invasion. When he retired in 1972, he was succeeded by another Egyptian, Maḥmūd Riyāḍ (Riyāḍ, Maḥmūd). Ḥassūnah's numerous awards included the French Legion of Honour.

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