CAIRO, 29th February, 2016 (WAM) — Dr. Nabil al-Arabi, Secretary-General of the Arab League, has said that he would not seek a second term as Secretary-General of the pan-Arab body after his present term ends in July, 2016.

The Middle East News Agency, MENA, quoted Mr. al-Arabi in a statement on Sunday as saying that his tenure as Secretary-General Of the Arab League will end on 1st July. “I have asked the Egyptian government not to think about renewing my mandate,” al-Arabi told reporters at the League’s headquarters in Cairo.

Traditionally, the Secretary-General of Arab League has held the post for two terms, and Cairo has always insisted that it be held by an Egyptian diplomat.