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Arab League

The Arab League, officially called the League of Arab States, is a regional organization of Arab states in Southwest Asia, and North and Northeast Africa. It was formed in Cairo on March 22, 1945 with six members: Egypt, Iraq, Transjordan (renamed Jordan after 1946), Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Syria. Yemen joined as a member on May 5, 1945. The Arab League currently has 22 members.

The main goal of the league is to:

"draw closer the relations between member States and co-ordinate collaboration between them, to safeguard their independence and sovereignty, and to consider in a general way the affairs and interests of the Arab countries."

The Arab League is involved in political, economic, cultural, and social programs designed to promote the interests of its member states. It has served as a forum for the member states to co-ordinate their policy positions, to deliberate on matters of common concern, to settle some Arab disputes, and to limit conflicts such as the 1958 Lebanon crisis. The league has served as a platform for the drafting and conclusion of many landmark documents promoting economic integration. One example is the Joint Arab Economic Action Charter which sets out the principles for economic activities in the region.

Each member state has one vote in the League Council, while decisions are binding only for those states that have voted for them. The aims of the league in 1945 were to strengthen and coordinate the political, cultural, economic, and social programs of its members, and to mediate disputes among them or between them and third parties. Furthermore, the signing of an agreement on Joint Defense and Economic Cooperation on April 13, 1950 committed the signatories to coordination of military defense measures.

The Arab league has played an important role in shaping school curricula; advancing the role of women in the Arab societies; promoting child welfare; encouraging youth and sports programs; preserving Arab cultural heritage and fostering cultural exchanges between the member states. Literacy campaigns have been launched, intellectual works reproduced, and modern technical terminology is translated for the use within member states. The league encourages measures against crime and drug abuse, and deals with labor issues—particularly among the emigrant Arab workforce.


Structure Arab League

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Subsidiary Bodies of the Arab League
1. Council
(Internal Regulations of the Council {1951})
(Internal Regulations of the Committees {1951})
S.No. Name of Committee
A. Arab Women's Committee
B. Committee of Arab Experts on Cooperation
C. Communications Committee
D. Conference of Liason Officers
E. Cultural Committee
F. Health Committee
G. Human Rights Committee
H. Information Committee
I. Legal Committee
J. Organization of Youth Welfare
K. Political Committee
L. Social Committee
M. Permanent Committee for Administrative and Financial Affairs
2. General Secretariat
(Internal Regulations of the Secretariat-General of the League {1953})
S.No. Designation Name Country
A. Secretary-General Dr. Ahmad Esmat abd al-Meguid Egypt
B. Asst. Secretary-General for Administrative & Financial Affairs Ahmad Qadri  
C. Asst. Secretary-General for Economic Affairs Dr. Yousef Abdel-Wahab Niemat Allah Saudi Arabia
D. Assistant Secretary-General for Information Affairs Dawo Ali Siwedan Libya
E. Assistant Secretary-General for Arab Affairs Assad al-Assad Lebanon
F. Assistant Secretary-General for International Affairs Adnan Omran Syria
G. Assistant Secretary-General for Military Affairs Muhammad Said ben Hassan el-Berqdar Syria
H. Assistant Secretary-General for Social and Cultural Affairs Mahdi Mustafa al-Hadi Sudan
I. Assistant Secretary-General, Head of Secretary-General's Office Ahmad Ibrahim Abdel Egypt
3. Defense and Economic Cooperation Bodies
S.No. Name of Body
A. Arab Unified Military Command
B. Economic Council
C. Joint Defense Council
D. Permanent Military Commission
4. Arab Deterrent Force
5. Other Institutions of the League
S.No. Name of Institution
A. Administrative Tribunal of the Arab League
B. Arab Fund for Technical Assistance to African and Arab Countries (AFTAAAC)
C. Special Bureau for Boycotting Israel
6. Offices Abroad in Non-Member States
S.No. Name Of Country Address
A. Argentina Gorostiaga 2021, 1426 Buenos Aires
B. Austria Grimmelshauengasse 12, 1030 Vienna
C. Belgium 106 Ave Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1050 Brussels
D. Brazil Shis-Qi 15, Conj. 7, Casa 23, 71600 Brasila, DF
E. Canada 170 Laurier Ave. West, Suite 604, Ottawa K1P 5VP
F. Ethiopia P.O. Box 5768, Addis Ababa
G. Germany Friedrich Wilhelm Str. 2A, 5200 Bonn 1
H. Greece Martious St., Filothei, Athens
I. India A-137 Neeti Bagh, New Delhi 110-049
J. Italy Piazzle delle Belle Arti 6, 00196 Rome
K. Japan 1-1-12 Moto Asabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106
L Kenya P.O. Box 30770, Nairobi
M. Russia 28 Koniouch Kovskaya, Moscow
N. Senegal 41 Rue el-Hadji Amadou, Assane Ndoye, Dakar
O Spain Paseo de la Castellana 180, 6o, Madrid 16
P. Switzerland 9 rue de la Valais, 1202 Geneva
Q. U.S.A 747 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10017
1100- 17th Street, NW, Suite 901, Washington, DC 20036
Additional offices in Chicago, Dallas, and San Francisco

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