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Arab League

The Arab League or League of Arab States (جامعة الدول العربية), is an organization of Arab states. It is similar to the Organization of American States, the Council of Europe or the former Organization for African Unity, in that its aims are primarily political; all of these organizations can be considered to be regional versions of the United Nations.

It is quite dissimilar from some other organizations such as European Union, because it has not achieved any significant degree of regional integration and the organization itself has no direct relations with the citizens of its member states. Instead, the League's charter states that the League shall coordinate economic affairs, including commercial relations; communications; cultural affairs; nationality, passports, and visas; social affairs; and health affairs.

The Charter of the Arab League also forbids member states from resorting to force against each other.

The Arab League was formed on March 22, 1945 by seven states. Its main goal is defined as:

Serve the common good of all Arab countries, ensure better conditions for all Arab countries, guarantee the future of all Arab countries and fulfill the hopes and expectations of all Arab countries.

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1 Leadership
2 Members
3 Timeline
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Secretary-Generals of the Arab League
NameNationalityAppointedLeft Office
Amr MoussaEgypt2001
Dr. Ahmad Esmat abd al MeguidEgypt19912001
Chedi KlibiTunisia19791990
Mahmoud RiyadhEgypt19721979
Abdul Khlek HassounaEgypt19521972
Abdul Razek AzzamEgypt19451952


The current and former members of the Arab League (and the date of their admission): The headquarters of the League is Cairo, Egypt. During Egypt's suspension, Tunis, Tunisia served as the League's headquarters.


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