CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt on Sunday appointed Mohammed al-Orabi as the new foreign minister to replace Nabil al-Arabi who will head the Arab League, the official MENA news agency reported. "PM Essam Sharaf has tasked Ambassador Mohammed al-Orabi, the deputy foreign minister for economic affairs, to take up the position of minister of foreign affairs," MENA said. Orabi was previously Egypt's ambassador to Germany . Orabi told state television he would follow similar a policy line to Arabi. "Of course we will try to focus on the hopes of the people here in Egypt, what they are looking for in foreign affairs after the revolution, and we will try to realise their hopes and ambitions," he said.