Egypt's Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit sits beside an unoccupied seat for the Libyan foreign minister, at an emergency meeting among the Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo, Egypt, in this March 2, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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Veteran Egyptian diplomat Ahmed Abul Gheit was named Thursday as the Arab League's new secretary general, at a time when the regional body faces multiple wars and a widening extremist threat.In a sign of divisions within the pan-Arab body, however, Qatar voiced reservations over Abul Gheit's candidacy due to his "hostile positions" towards Doha, Arab diplomats said. Several diplomats told AFP that Qatar had accused Abul Gheit of pushing Egypt to boycott a Qatari-proposed Arab summit in 2009 to discuss an Israeli assault on Gaza.Abul Gheit had accused the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas which rules Gaza of being responsible for the Israeli assault.Abul Gheit will be the eighth secretary general of the League since it was founded in 1945 .
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