The Arab League was established in Alexandria on October 7th 1945, by founding members, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Since then it has rapidly expanded its membership and mandate to encompass the region in an effort to promote cooperation, dialogue and unity of purpose between its Member States.
Bahrain and the Arab League
The Kingdom of Bahrain ascended to the Arab League upon gaining its independence on September 11th, 1971, and has been an active member since. Through our principled stances on core issues, Bahrain has been playing and continues to play a constructive role in developing and implementing the policy of the Arab League in a number of central issues, most notable of which is the Middle East peace process.
Through our membership in the Arab Peace Initiative Committee since its inception, we have played a prominent part in identifying and confronting all the challenges to regional peace, including the Palestinian cause, and the ongoing situation in Iraq.
- Chaired the fifth session of the Arab Summit held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt 2003.
- Led a number of important sessions in the Ministerial Council
- Played a prominent role in the Economic and Social Council held in Kuwait (January, 2009)
- Hosted the third session of the Ministerial Meeting of Sino-Arab Cooperation forum in May 2007
- A founding member of the Arab Free Trade Zone (implemented January, 1998) and has fulfilled all its obligations towards reaching the goal of a common Arab market.
The Kingdom of Bahrain holds a number of prominent positions in the Secretariat of the Arab League
- Ambassador A.Nabi Mussayab / Head of the Arab League Mission in Berlin, Germany
- Dr. Abdel Aziz al-Najdi / Adviser to the Secretary General of the League of Arab States
- Professor Faqeeh Sayed al Saleh – Advisor to the Secretary General of the League of Arab States