Arab League readmits Syria as relations with Assad normalize

Source: The post is based on the article “Arab League readmits Syria as relations with Assad normalize” published in Economic Times on 8th May 2023

What is the News?

Foreign ministers from Arab League member states have agreed to reinstate Syria’s membership after its suspension more than 10 years ago.

What is the Arab League?

The Arab League is an intergovernmental organization of Arab states in the Middle East and Africa.

Formed in: 1945 following the adoption of the Alexandria Protocol in 1944.

Objective: To draw closer the relations between member states and coordinate collaboration between them, to safeguard their independence and sovereignty, and to consider in a general way the affairs and interests of the Arab countries.

Members: The league currently has 22 members which includes countries like Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen, and Palestinian Authority among others.

Observer countries:  Brazil, Eritrea, India, Armenia and Venezuela.

Note: Observer states have been invited to participate during select Arab League sessions, but do not hold voting privileges.

Each member state has one vote in the Council of the Arab League, and decisions are binding only for those states that have voted for them.

Administrative Headquarters: Cairo, Egypt

What are the criticisms against the Arab League?

The Arab League has been criticized for its internal conflicts and collective inaction on important international issues. 

Some observers hail the league’s actions during the 2011 revolution in Libya, where it supported the ouster of Muammar al-Qaddafi, but others criticize its failed diplomacy in Syria and its fractured response to the rise of the self-proclaimed Islamic State. 

Many analysts say that sectarian divisions and power rivalries among members will continue to hamstring the league in the years ahead.

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