In a surprise move, Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy has been replaced with Sameh Shoukry, retired Egyptian Ambassador who served as Ambassador to Washington DC before retiring in 2012.
The new Foreign Minister also served as Egypt’s permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva and Ambassador to Austria.
The move came as part of a cabinet reshuffle ordered by Egypt’s new President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. The reshuffled cabinet will continue to be led by Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb.
Meanwhile, veteran banker Ashraf Salman has been appointed Egypt’s new Investment Minister. The decision to appoint a separate Investment Minister could aid Egypt attract foreign investments.