Arab League names Egyptian diplomat as Iraq envoy

The 22-nation Arab League has named a new envoy to Iraq. Hani Khalaf, a retired Egyptian diplomat, will be the League's next envoy, replacing Moroccan Moukhtar Lamani, who resigned last year to protest a lack of Arab involvement in Iraq. Hecham Youssef, a senior aid to Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa, said the new envoy will be tasked with "enhancing the Arab presence In Iraq." Thursday's announcement followed decisions by several Arab countries in recent weeks to send diplomats to Baghdad.