Arab League

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League of Arab States
  • جامعة الدول العربية
  • Jāmiʻat ad-Duwal al-ʻArabiyya
Flag of the Arab League
Flag
Emblem of the Arab League
Emblem
Location of the Arab League
Administrative center Cairoa
Official languages
Membership
Leaders
Nabil el-Araby
Ali Al-Daqbaashi
 Lebanon
Legislature Arab Parliament
Establishment
22 March 1945
Area
• Total area
13,333,296 km2 (5,148,014 sq mi)
Population
• 2012 estimate
400,652,486
• Density
24.33/km2 (63.0/sq mi)
GDP (PPP) 2011 estimate
• Total
$4.766 trillion[1]
• Per capita
$11895
GDP (nominal) 2011 estimate
• Total
[source?]
• Per capita
[source?]
Currency
Time zone (UTC+0 to +4)
  1. From 1979 to 1989, Tunis, Tunisia.
  2. Suspended.
  3. Representing Syria.

The Arab League is an organization made up of countries in the Arab world in Northern Africa and Southwest Asia. Most, though not all of these countries use Arabic as their official language. The purpose is to find ways for the countries to have unity and to work together to solve their problems.

The organization has the Arabic Language as the language used in its summits, and all official papers, though it has never been stated by the Organization that Arabic is the Official Language. The Arab League was founded following the Protocol of Alexandria signed in the Year 1945, by seven Arab States, Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Trans-Jordan (Jordan). Today the Organization has 22 members, All countries adopting Arabic as an official language are members of the Organizations, except, Israel, Eritrea and Chad.

Members[change | change source]

Arab League History.svg

The countries in the Arab League are:

  • Egypt - March 22, 1945 (Founder) (suspended, 1979-1989)
  • Iraq - March 22, 1945 (Founder)
  • Jordan - March 22, 1945 (Founder) (entered when still using the name "Transjordan")
  • Lebanon - March 22, 1945 (Founder)
  • Saudi Arabia - March 22, 1945 (Founder)
  • Syria - March 22, 1945 (Founder)
  • Yemen - May 5, 1945 (Founder)
  • Libya - March 28, 1953
  • Sudan - January 19, 1956
  • Morocco - October 1, 1958
  • Tunisia - October 1, 1958
  • Kuwait - July 20, 1961
  • Algeria - August 16, 1962
  • United Arab Emirates - June 12, 1971
  • Bahrain - September 11, 1971
  • Qatar - September 11, 1971
  • Oman - September 29, 1971
  • Mauritania - November 26, 1973
  • Somalia - February 14, 1974
  • Palestine - succeeding to the position held by the Palestine Liberation Organization since September 9, 1976
  • Djibouti - April 9, 1977
  • Comoros - November 20, 1993

References[change | change source]

  1. MENAFN (28 December 2009). "Qatar, UAE, wealthiest Arab states". Retrieved 26 July 2010.