Fahmy, who was Egypt’s ambassador to Washington between 1999 and 2008, said that Washington was very concerned about the lack of a clear successor to Mubarak that would guarantee a smooth transition of power, especially after he was exposed to a health crisis, and that the list of Americans about Mubarak’s potential candidates included three names: Amr Moussa, Minister of Foreign Affairs. Former and Gamal Mubarak, son of the Egyptian President, and Major General Omar Suleiman, head of intelligence.
Fahmy added, during an interview with Gazelle, presented by colleague Gazelle Khoury, that the Americans put General Omar Suleiman at the top of the list of candidates as their favorite, as they considered him the strong man in Egypt who could control things and prevent the country from sliding into chaos in the event of the sudden absence of the authority President Mubarak.
Fahmy, who spent 4 decades in political and diplomatic work in Egypt, began his working life in 1976 in the political office of Hosni Mubarak, who was then Vice President of the Republic and had a personal and family relationship with Mubarak, as his father, Ismail Fahmy, was Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs at the time.
Recently, Nabil Fahmy provided more details about his relationship with Mubarak in his memoirs, which he issued under the title “At the heart of eventsDespite this close relationship, he twice refused to take the position of Egyptian Foreign Minister during the Mubarak era, but accepted the position in 2013 after the June revolution, which came to prevent the country from sliding into chaos after the failure of the Brotherhood to rule Egypt, he said.
He added that what happened in 2011 was a real popular revolution led by loyal youth looking for change, and that Mubarak was in the last stage of the government seemingly indifferent to power or to follow up on what is happening in the hot files himself, and gave an example of this that he spent 9 years as Egypt’s ambassador In Washington, in the early years, Mubarak communicated with him at least weekly, but in recent years it has become possible for months to pass without receiving any communication from the president who left these matters to his aides.