Arab League: History

1944 Leaders from Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, North Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and Transjordan (Jordan) meet in Alexandria, Egypt and agree to form the League of Arab States by signing the Alexandria Protocol.
Iraq, Transjordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and later Saudi Arabia and North Yemen sign the "Charter of the League of Arab States" which formally inaugurates the League. 1945
1950 League memebers sign the Joint Defense and Economic Cooperation Treaty.
Libya joins the League of Arab States. League ratifies an agreement on commercial transactions, payments, and the movement of capital among the member states. 1953
1956 The Economic Council ratifies an agreement on the common table of tariffs among member states.
Sudan joins the League of Arab States. The Economic Council approves an economic unity agreement among the member states. 1957
1958 Morocco and Tunisia join the League of Arab States. The United Nations officially recognizes the League of Arab States designating it as the United Nations; organization for education, science, and culture in the Arab region.
Kuwait joins the League of Arab States. 1961
1962 Algeria joins the League of Arab States.
South Yemen joins the League of Arab States. 1967
1968 The Labor Mobility Agreement is approved by the member states.
Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates join the League of Arab States. 1971
1973 Mauritania joins the League of Arab States. The Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa is established at the Sixth Arab Summit. The Bank is headquartered in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum.
Somalia joins the League of Arab States. 1974
1976 Palestine, represented by the Palistinian Liberation Organization (PLO), becomes a full member state of the Leage of Arab States.
Djibouti joins the League of Arab States. 1977
1979 The League suspends Egypt's membership and moves its headquarters to Tunis as a result of the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty.
The Argreement on the Facilitation and Development of trade between Arab countries is approved. 1981
1984 The Economic and Social Council of the League of Arab States announces the establishment of the Arab Investment Court.
Egypt is re-admitted into the League of Arab States. 1989
1991 The League of Arab States headquarters returns to it permanent headquarters in Cairo.
League Council agrees on cooperation between the Arab League and the Islamic Development Bank. 1992
1993 Comoros joins the League of Arab States.
The League of Arab States condemns the Gulf cooperation Council's decision to end the secondary and tertiary trade embargo against Israel. The League insists that only the Council of the Arab League has the power to make this policy change, and that member states cannot act independently in such matters. 1994
1997 The Economic Council of the League of Arab States establishes the Greater Arab Free Trade Area (GAFTA). The 14 original founders of GAFTA are Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates.
The Economy of the Arab League intervention reaches its final stage and all tariffs on goods of Arab origin and exchanged between members of the Organization of Arab States are set at zero. 2005
2011 The League suspends Libya due to president Muammar al-Gaddafi's regime use of military force to attack protesters. Libya is re-admitted following the removal of President Gaddafi, but Syria is again suspended due to the new governments crackdown on protesters.
South Sudan gains its independence from Sudan and does not become a member of the League of Arab States. 2011

Sources

Council on Foreign Relations: The Arab League

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