Arab League, formally the League of Arab States

The Arab League is a voluntary association of independent African and Middle East countries whose peoples are mainly Arabic speaking.The stated purposes of the Arab League are to strengthen ties among the member states, coordinate their policies, and promote their common interests. The league was founded in Cairo in 1945 by Egypt, Iraq, Jordan (originally Transjordan, Jordan, as of 1950), and Yemen. Countries that later joined are: Algeria (1962), Bahrain (1971), Comoros (1993), Djibouti (1977), Kuwait (1961), Libya (1953), Mauritania (1973), Morocco (1958), Oman (1971), Qatar (1971), Somalia (1974), Southern Yemen (1967), Sudan (1956), Tunisia (1958), and the United Arab Emirates (1971). The Palestine Liberation Organization was admitted in 1976. Egypt’s membership was suspended in 1979 after it signed a peace treaty with Israel; the league’s headquarters was moved from Cairo, Egypt, to Tunis, Tunisia. In 1987 Arab leaders decided to renew diplomatic ties with Egypt. Egypt was readmitted to the league in 1989 and the league’s headquarters was moved back to Cairo. The 22 member states of the Arab League are:Algeria
Comoros
Egypt
Jordan
Lebanon
Mauritania
Oman
Qatar
Somalia
Syria
United Arab Emirates
Bahrain
Djibouti
Iraq
Kuwait
Libya
Morocco
palestine
Saudi Arabia
Sudan
Tunisia
Yemen

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