Egypt's voting block steady upward at UNESCO: FM



Fri, 13 Oct 2017 - 12:01 GMT


Fri, 13 Oct 2017 - 12:01 GMT

Ambassador Moushira Khattab – CC Khattab’s promotional campaign on Facebook.

Ambassador Moushira Khattab – CC Khattab’s promotional campaign on Facebook.

Cairo - 13 October 2017: The Egyptian foreign ministry spokesperson, Ahmed Abu Said, said during an interview with “Akher kalam” program at Dream TV, on Thursday that the battle for UNESCO director general post is very competitive, but the Egyptian candidate, Moushira Khattab, will fight till the end full hope.

He added that the Egyptian voting block is steadily increasing and was increasing everyday during the past four rounds, which reflects how Egypt is praised in UNESCO.

Khattab, who served as a top aide to former Egyptian First Lady Suzan Mubarak, came second in the race with 18 votes on Thursday, tying with France’s candidate Audrey Azoulay, while Qatar’s Hamad Abdul Aziz al-Kawari collected 22 votes and was promoted to the fifth round of voting which takes place on Friday at 6p.m..

UNESCO’s executive board will cast a vote between the Egyptian and French candidates on Friday at 2 p.m., to determine who will run for the fifth round of elections against Kawari.

Moreover, Abu Zaid mentioned that the 58 countries of UNESCO’s executive board will vote in the round between Egypt and France, adding that that the votes of the countries that supported the Qatari Candidate in past rounds are critical in deciding who will meet Kawary in the fifth round.

Additionally, Abu Zaid mentioned that some scenarios assume that the Qatari candidate does not want to face the Egyptian candidate in the final voting round, so Qatar will support Azoulay during the voting session with Egypt.

Abu Zaid tweeted on Friday “Egypt runs its diplomatic battles with dignity and professionalism, and will never change its method. That’s the Egyptian diplomatic school of thought, and will always be.”

The new director-general of UNESCO will be named on October 13. Then, 195 members in the General Conference will be appointed in view of recommendations from UNESCO’s executive board.



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