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Former Egypt Foreign Minister Dies at 75


Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher briefs members of the media (File Photo)

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher briefs members of the media (File Photo)

Egypt's former foreign minister Ahmed Maher has died at the age of 75.

Egypt's MENA news agency says Maher died in a hospital Monday due to unspecified health problems.

Maher served as Egypt's top diplomat from 2001 until 2004. A career diplomat, he participated in the Camp David peace talks between Israel and Egypt in 1978.

Maher was attacked by Palestinian activists in 2003 while visiting al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The activists threw shoes at him, a deep insult in the Arab world.

The incident did not seriously injure Maher, but it underscored tensions surrounding efforts at the time to restart peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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