Egypt’s nominee for Arab League chief seeks Jordanian support

Jordan's foreign minister Nasser Gouda met on Monday with Mostafa al-Fiqqi, Egypt's nominee for the post of Arab League secretary general.

Fiqqi's visit to Jordan is part of an Arab tour to solicit support for his candidacy. If elected, Fiqqi will replace Amr Moussa, whose term ends in mid-May.

Fiqqi described his meeting with Gouda in the country's capital, Amman, as "very friendly."

"Gouda voiced his country's love and respect for Egypt, and said they were seeking a consensus on one nominee," Fiqqi said.

He quoted Gouda as saying that achieving such accord was possible, adding that Jordan welcomes his nomination but sees that a consensus has to be reached first to avoid divisions.

Fiqqi said he was heading to Syria later on Monday to meet with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem before going to Saudi Arabia.

After Saudi Arabia, Fiqqi intends to head to Lebanon, where he is scheduled to meet with caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and acting Foreign Minister Ali al-Shami.

Translated from the Arabic edition

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