Should Iraq approve the Arab League’s possible smoking ban?

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

The agenda of the upcoming 29th Arab Summit includes a very important topic that pertains to the health of millions of Arabs and non-Arabs living in Arab League countries. The Executive Office of the Arab Health Ministers Council recently met in Cairo and decided to propose to the summit that will be held in Riyadh at the end of this month a resolution to impose a comprehensive smoking ban in the League’s member states. If this summit approves this resolution, it will do people in Arab ...

Adnan Hussein

WATCH: War of words heats up between Turkish FM and Arab League chief

Monday, 19 February 2018

Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit this week became embroiled in a heated exchange regarding Turkey’s operations in Syria. Cavusoglu on Sunday told a panel at the Munich Security Conference that Ankara is using its “legitimate right of self-defense” in its intervention against Kurdish militia groups in northwestern Syria. Aboul-Gheit had earlier decried the presence of so many foreign forces in the country, including ...

Ten observations on the margins of the Arab crises

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

The Arab citizen is right to feel wary of the new year and what it holds in store for our countries. He is right due to the mounting dangers of crises, rising tensions in rivalries and establishment of popular currents that are reforming politics in many influential countries.Amid all this, we find the Arab world in the position of defending its existence and vulnerable to threats to its interests and very identity. This was recently demonstrated in the crisis created by the American ...

Ahmed Abul Gheit

Arab foreign ministers seek ‘multilateral’ process to revive Mideast peace talks

Friday, 2 February 2018

Arab foreign ministers on Thursday called for the creation of a UN-backed “multilateral mechanism” to help revive the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. The appeal was issued at the end of a two-day meeting to discuss US President Donald Trump’s December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital which has sparked Arab anger. Trump’s decision also to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv triggered deadly clashes in Palestinian ...

Arab states urge US to abandon Jerusalem move

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Arab foreign ministers on Sunday urged the United States to abandon its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying the move would increase violence throughout the region. The announcement by President Donald Trump on Wednesday was a "dangerous violation of international law" and had no legal impact, the Arab League said in a statement after several hours of meetings attended by all its members in Cairo. In Cairo, the head of Egypt’s largest Christian church ...

Arab League chief warns Trump that Jerusalem move could fuel violence

Monday, 4 December 2017

The Arab League chief said on Sunday a decision by US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would boost fanaticism and violence, and not serve the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Trump’s son-in-law and Middle East peace envoy Jared Kushner told the Saban Forum on Sunday the president is close to a decision on whether to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “It is unfortunate that some are insisting on carrying out this step without any ...

Saudi foreign minister: We have more important issues than the Qatar crisis

Monday, 20 November 2017

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir has said that Qatar’s crisis is small matter and there are more important matters to attend to. Some of the threats that Jubeir mentioned include the Iranian threat to Arab national security, the fights against terrorism, the Syrian crisis, Libya, Yemen’s stability, internal development, implementing Vision 2030 in Saudi Arabia and reform. Jubeir stressed that "we need not to concern ourselves with the Qatari subject." ...

Arab League: Iran’s regional threats have crossed all limits

Sunday, 19 November 2017

The Secretary-General of the Arab League has said that Iran seeks to be a “dangerous dagger” in the region, especially toward Saudi Arabia and Gulf countries. Ahmed Aboul Gheit also confirmed a recent missile launched by Houthi militias targeting Saudi Arabia was Iranian-made. “Ballistic missiles fired at Saudi Arabia have amounted to 76 rockets, all Iranian-made, and therefore we affirm our full solidarity with Saudi Arabia in everything it takes to protect its national ...

Arab league to meet on Iran at Saudi request

Sunday, 12 November 2017

The Arab League will hold an extraordinary meeting next Sunday at the request of Saudi Arabia to discuss “violations” committed by Iran in the region, according to a memorandum. Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates supported the Saudi request, which was also approved by Djibouti, the current chair of the pan-Arab bloc, said the document shown to AFP by diplomats on Sunday. Tensions have been rising between Saudi Arabia and Iran, including over League members Qatar and Lebanon. ...

Arab League stands in solidarity with Saudi Arabia against any threats

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The League of Arab States declared its solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia against any foreign threats targeting its security. Ahmed Abul-Gheit, the Secretary-General of the Arab League, condemned the unprecedented escalation of violence against Saudi Arabia. He stated that the Iranian interventions in the Arab countries are intolerable and unacceptable all over the Arab States, as they reflect Iran’s desire to create tension and unrest in order to exercise hegemony over the region ...

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