Arab League

Arab League

About the Arab League

The Arab League (formally the League of Arab States) was established in 1945, marking the launch of an Arab regional system in the service of the nation and its unity. In its first years in the mid-1940s of the 20th century, the League included seven members—all independent Arab states at the time—which were Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. The League now encompasses 22 member states. 

Under Article (2) of the Charter of the Arab League, it was established to strengthen ties among its members, allow them to coordinate their political plans for further cooperation, enable them to maintain their independence and sovereignty, and to examine the state of affairs of Arab countries and their interests.

The Charter calls for close cooperation among member states in economy, finance, culture, social affairs, and health. 

The Arab League has witnessed marked development over various phases of restructuring, which are in line with efforts to modernise the Arab regional system. The current Secretary General of the Arab League is His Excellency Ahmed Aboul Gheit (biography). 

The League is headquartered in Cairo, the capital of the Arab Republic of Egypt.


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