The Minister of Health in the Government of National Unity (GNU), Ali Al-Zanati, was elected Chairman of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean, according to a brief statement issued on Tuesday by the Ministry of Health.

The election of Al-Zanati came during the 68th session of the committee in Cairo on Monday, with the participation of health ministers, high-level representatives from the 22 countries in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region, and representatives of international, regional, and national organizations.

Libya chairs the meetings of this session, which is due to be held from 11 to 14 October and the session is set to discuss accelerating readiness and response to health emergencies, along with developing a regional strategy for integrated disease monitoring.