Time magazine describes Amr Moussa, the secretary-general of the Arab League as "perhaps the most adored public servant in the Arab world"; others claim he is the only official most Egyptians would elect as president if they had the chance.
|Amr Moussa, the Arab League secretary-general|
It was his goal from day one; he wanted to become his country’s top diplomat.
After graduating from college, Amr Moussa entered the Egyptian Foreign Service, where he remained for more than 40 years.
In 2000 Egyptians were literally singing his praises, when a pop song declared, "I Hate Israel… I love Amr Moussa" rose to the top of the charts.
It made Moussa popular across the country, but not so popular with President Hosni Mubarak who removed him from the post of Foreign Minister.
Since 2001 he has led the Arab League, the 22 Arab country organization often criticized as ineffective on the international arena.
The Palestinian cause has been at the top of his agenda, and he supports Israel's integration into the Arab world, but criticizes US foreign policy in the region as one-sided.
In spite of reaching his 70s, Moussa shows little sign of slowing down.
This episode of One on One aired on 26 May 2007
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