The Arab League, or the League of Arab States, is a regional organisation in Africa and Western Asia consisting of mainly Arabic speaking nations.
When founded in 1945, the league’s mission is to promote trade and economic growth and to help ensure the political stability of its members. Click through the tabs below to learn more about how the Arab League works.
There are 22 member states of the Arab League, however, one of them – Syria has been suspended since 2011.
When founded in 1945, there were just six members of the League including Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Transjordan (since renamed to Jordan).
As of 2020, members include Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Syria (which is suspended).
The most populated member of the league is Egypt with a population of around 100 million, while Comoros has a population of around 850,000.
Armenia, Brazil, Eritrea, India and Venezuela are observer states of the league, meaning they can express their opinion and give advice, but they can not vote like members of the league.