CAIRO — Abdel-Rahman el-Sharkawy, a leading Egyptian novelist, poet and columnist who also was secretary-general of the Afro-Asian Peoples' Solidarity Organization, has died.
He was 67 and died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack at his home, three days after his return from Moscow, where he attended a conference on Afro-Asian solidarity.
Since 1985, he had been chairman of the Cairo-based secretariat of the Afro-Asian group, a loose alliance of Third World nations established in the mid-1950s. Its secretary traditionally has been an Egyptian.
Prize for Literature
An author of more than two dozen literary and religious books, el-Sharkawy was a recipient of the state prize for literature, Egypt's highest literary honor.