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  • An association of Arab states established in 1945 to promote cooperation among members regarding economic and social development and foreign policy.

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  • proper noun an international organization of Arabic-speaking nations, established to coordinate political, cultural, health and communications activities

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  • noun an international organization of independent Arab states formed in 1945 to promote cultural and economic and military and political and social cooperation


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  • The International Crisis Group called the Arab League plan flawed and unrealistic.

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  • One diplomat said the Security Council will be looking to see whether members of the Arab League, which is pressing for the no-fly zone, are ready to seriously participate in the establishment and operation of a zone.

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  • There is arguably no Arab leader besides Colonel Qaddafi who might have been able to unite much of the region against him all at once - though Algeria and Syria did not agree with the no-fly zone - and empower the much-maligned Arab League, which is an institution often mocked by Arab commentators for failing to carry out its pronouncements.

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  • The government called the Arab League decision "illegal," claiming it was intended to set the stage for foreign military intervention like in Libya. Top headlines 2011

  • But Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem also called the Arab League's decision to suspend Syria a "very dangerous step," according to the Syrian state news agency SANA. 2011

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  • Syria's Foreign Minister Walid Al-Muallem on Nov. 29 called the Arab League's sanctions against his country a declaration of "economic war." -- Top News 2011

  • When Mubarak decided to put him in charge of the Arab League, which is headquartered in Cairo not far from the foreign ministry, some Egyptian commentators concluded that the president was trying to sideline a public figure who was becoming uncomfortably popular.

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  • Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem called the Arab League's decision to suspend the country's membership "very dangerous" and said the bloc had given in to external pressure. -- Top News 2011


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