BEIRUT: Former Arab League chief Amr Moussa could be appointed as the U.N.’s special envoy on Syria to replace Lakhdar Brahimi, Egyptian diplomatic sources have said.
Speaking to CNN Friday, the unnamed sources said, “Moussa is the most competent person to be in charge for this mission, given his wide international ties. … It is still unknown whether Moussa will accept the mission, since it is rumored that he will be the Advisor of National Security and Foreign Affairs in the administration of Egypt’s newly elected president,” the sources said.
Before his 10-year tenure at the Arab League, Moussa was Egypt’s foreign minister from 1991-2001. Brahimi resigned as Syria mediator two weeks ago, citing a failure of the Geneva peace talks to carve out a political solution to the war.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 31, 2014, on page 8.