Representatives of the first six member states – Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Saudi Arabia – that initiated the league’s formation signed the agreement in Cairo, on March 22, 1945.
Since then, 16 more states joined the organization, but due to recent uprising in Syria and their government’s brutal way of dealing with political opponents, the league suspended this member state and now counts 21 members. They are:
• Saudi Arabia
• United Arab Emirates
The League’s Goals and Interests
Like similar organizations in the world whose goal is to look after their members’ economic, political, cultural, national and religious interests, the Arab League has been active in helping the Arab world grow economically and culturally, while finding solutions to resolve conficts both within the leage and outside of it.
Charter of Arab League
According to the Arab League’s main document, Charter of Arab League, the organization’s main goal is “strengthening of the relations between the member-states, the coordination of their policies in order to achieve co-operation between them and to safeguard their independence and sovereignty; and a general concern with the affairs and interests of the Arab countries.“ These affairs and interests include all important economic issues, including finances, commerce, business, currency, etc. They also include social, cultural and health affais, communication, transport, travel, the question of nationality, visas and passports, and similar.
Through various activities, campaigns and using advanced technology, The Arab League has shown interest in resolving modern day issues, like encouraging and promoting their young talents, supporting women in their struggle for equality, improving child welfare, etc. It also tries to solve decades-old problems like the conflict between Palestine and Israel. The league is very active in drafting a solution that would end war between the Israeli and the surrounding Muslim countries.
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The organization strives to resolve burning issues among the Arab countries, and to better the overall image of the Muslim nations in the world today.