"Amr Moussa was born in 1936 and studied law in Cairo. He began his career in Egypt's foreign ministry in 1958 and served as ambassador to India and the United Nations. From 1991 until becoming secretary-general in May 2001 he was Egypt's foreign minister.
"A charismatic diplomat, Amr Moussa is popular across the Arab world. As a foreign minister he developed a reputation as a tough critic of Israeli and US policies in the Middle East."