CAIRO (AP) — The Arab League has pledged $100 million per month to the Palestinian Authority to make up for funds withheld by Israel because of payments made to the families of Palestinian...
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Arab leaders meeting in Tunisia on Sunday hope to project unified opposition to the Trump administration's acceptance of Israeli control over the Golan Heights and Jerusalem,...
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia is cleaning up its boulevards and securing its borders for an Arab League summit that this country hopes raises its regional profile and economic prospects.
Group calls for al-Bashir’s arrest ahead of Arab summit
CAIRO (AP) — A rights group has urged Tunisia to either "bar or arrest" Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir if he tries to attend an Arab League summit this weekend.
Main UK opposition party takes step to back new Brexit vote
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May returned from a seemingly unproductive meeting with European Union leaders Monday to a growing attempt by British lawmakers to stop her from taking Britain...
Egypt’s leader says Europe cannot ‘teach us’ about rights
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi defended on Monday his country's widely-criticized human rights record and warned the nations of Europe not to lecture the...
EU, Arab leaders vow to boost security, migration ties
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Leaders from European Union and Arab League countries pledged Sunday to boost cooperation in the fight against terrorism and to tackle unauthorized migration at a...
EU, Arab leaders in first summit focus on security, migrants
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Leaders from European Union and Arab League countries are holding their first-ever summit, meeting in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh to discuss...
Arab official: No deal yet on Syria’s return to Arab League
BEIRUT (AP) — The head of the Arab League says there has been no agreement so far for Syria's return to the group.
The league's secretary-general, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, made the remarks on Monday in Lebanon, after meeting President Michel Aoun.
Aboul Gheit says an agreement would lead to an Arab foreign ministers' meeting on the subject but "until now, I haven't felt such a development or understanding."
EU, Arab League agree to disagree over meeting statement
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Arab League say they agree on tackling conflicts in Syria and Yemen or stalled Middle East peace efforts but were unable to approve a joint statement at talks in Brussels.
The organizations' ministers were preparing Monday for a summit in the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh on Feb 24-25.
Asked about the holdup, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said "common ground was there on 90-95 percent of issues."
Russia urges North Africa to bring Syria back to Arab League
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Russia's foreign minister is pressing North African countries to support Syria's return to the Arab League, now that President Bashar Assad is largely seen as having won the Syrian civil war.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria this week and at each stop called for Syria's reintegration into the "Arab family." Lavrov urged it to happen before an Arab League summit in Tunis in March.
Lebanon uses Arab summit to call for Syrian refugees’ return
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon used an Arab economic summit on Sunday to call for the return of Syrian refugees to safe areas of their war-torn country, where the nearly eight-year civil war is still underway despite a recent series of government victories.
President Michel Aoun told the opening session that Lebanon is overwhelmed by the presence of Syrian and Palestinian refugees, who make up about half the population of the tiny country, which is struggling with an economic crisis.
Lebanon calls for readmitting Syria to Arab League
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon used an Arab economic meeting Friday to urge the Arab League to restore Syria's membership, calling it a "historic shame" to keep the Arab country out of the forum.
The Lebanese Foreign Minister, Gebran Bassil, spoke before Arab ministers meeting in Beirut ahead of a regional summit that has been overshadowed by divisions and controversy over Syria's participation.
EU cool on Arab League summit over Syria, Saudi concerns
BRUSSELS (AP) — A month after European Union leaders prepared for a summit with Arab League nations, enthusiasm for the Feb. 24-25 meeting in Egypt is waning.
EU diplomats expressed concern Friday that Syria could be invited back into the Arab League soon, and say that European leaders would be unwilling to sit down alongside President Bashar Assad.
The EU would also prefer to chair the meeting with host country Egypt, rather than the current presidency of the Arab League, Saudi Arabia.
Iraq says it supports Syria’s return to Arab League
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Alhakim says his country supports efforts to restore Syria's membership in the Arab League eight years after it was expelled from the regional body.
Iraq is one of three countries in the Arab world that never cut ties with Syrian President Bashar Assad's government after its crackdown against anti-government demonstrations in 2011 led to civil war. Syria was cast out of the Arab League the same year.
Sudan president lands in Syria in 1st visit by Arab leader
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Sudan's president on Sunday became the first Arab League leader to visit Syria since civil war erupted there nearly eight years ago.
Omar al-Bashir was greeted at the Damascus airport by Syrian President Bashar Assad before they both headed to the presidential palace, where they held talks on bilateral relations and the latest developments in Syria and the region, according to the state-run news agency.
EU to use Arab League summit to raise Saudi Arabia concerns
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders plan to use an upcoming Arab League summit to raise concerns with Saudi Arabia about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the country's role in the Yemen conflict.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said Friday that EU leaders felt "we couldn't go the EU-Arab League summit in Sharm el-Sheikh in February and not talk about the Khashoggi murder or raise our concerns about it."
Syria reopens vital crossing with Jordan, UN post with Golan
QUNEITRA, Syria (AP) — President Bashar Assad's government received a major boost Monday as Syria's commercial gateway with Jordan and a crossing with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights manned by U.N peacekeepers were reopened years after the war disrupted their operations.
The simultaneous reopening of the crossings was celebrated on state media with back-to-back coverage, reinforcing the government's narrative that it is slowly emerging victorious from the seven-year war.
Arab League welcomes Paraguay embassy move out of Jerusalem
CAIRO (AP) — The Arab League has welcomed Paraguay's decision to relocate its embassy from the contested city of Jerusalem back to Tel Aviv.
Saeed Abu Ali, assistant to the league's secretary-general for Palestinian affairs. told reporters Thursday the move serves as a model for other countries in the face of Israeli plans and U.S. pressure. He also said it will also positively reflect on Arab-Paraguayan relations.
CAIRO (AP) — The Arab League says it will no longer cooperate on any level with Guatemala because of the country's decision to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The Cairo-based organization says Wednesday it has abandoned a memorandum of understanding signed in 2013 and has severed relations with the Central American country.
Guatemala moved its embassy to Jerusalem earlier this month, following the inauguration of the U.S. Embassy in disputed Jerusalem.
CAIRO (AP) — The Arab League says it supports Morocco's decision to sever ties with Iran over its alleged support for the Polisario Front in the disputed Western Sahara. Tehran has denied supporting the pro-independence group.
The spokesman for the Arab League's secretary-general Mahmoud Afifi said late on Wednesday that the Arab League condemns and rejects Iran's s intervention in Morocco or any other Arab country's internal affairs.
CAIRO (AP) — The Quartet trying to help bring order to chaotic Libya says it supports holding presidential and parliamentary elections this year, and will provide observers and electoral assistance to ensure the voting is free and fair.
In a joint statement following a Monday meeting in Cairo, the European Union, the African Union, the Arab League and the United Nations say Libyans must commit in advance to respect and abide by the results and avoid violence or intimidation.
DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia used its perch as host of an annual gathering of Arab leaders on Sunday to push for a unified stance against rival Iran as the regional powerhouses vie for the upper hand in wars in Syria and Yemen.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The head of the Arab League says his organization wants the International Criminal Court in The Hague to investigate the deaths last week of 18 Palestinians during protests near Gaza's border with Israel.
Ahmed Aboul-Gheit said Wednesday during an official visit to Lisbon, Portugal that the Arab League also supports U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' call for an independent investigation of the killings by Israeli forces.
CAIRO (AP) — Arab foreign ministers insisted on Wednesday that Jerusalem must be the capital of a future Palestinian state, even as the U.S. prepares to move its embassy there in a step that has angered the Arab world.
Arab League: Trump’s Jerusalem Decision Illegal
The Latest: Arab leader asks nations to recognize Palestine
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the fallout from the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital (all times local):
The Arab League chief has called on world nations to recognize the State of Palestine with east Jerusalem as its capital in response to President Donald Trump's decision to recognize the holy city as Israel's capital.
Iran’s president calls Arab League ‘worn-out’ body
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has criticized the Arab League for supporting Saudi Arabia and its role in the war in Yemen.
Rouhani on Tuesday said it's unfortunate the organization expressed regret that the Yemeni rebels known as Houthis launched a ballistic missile into Saudi Arabia earlier this month in response to "so much bombing" by the Saudi-led coalition.
He also called the regional organization of Arab countries "old, worn-out, exhausted and ineffective."
Iran, Lebanon reject Arab League criticism as tensions mount
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Monday rejected a harsh statement by Arab League foreign ministers condemning the Islamic Republic and its proxy Hezbollah, saying the tirade was "full of lies" and the product of Saudi "pressure and propaganda."
Arab League delivers harsh criticism of Iran, little action
CAIRO (AP) — In a resolution long on criticism but short on concrete steps, Arab foreign ministers who met in Cairo Sunday delivered a tirade of criticism against Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah, saying Tehran was destabilizing the region.
They said they planned to "brief" the U.N. Security Council on Iran's destabilizing policies in the region, particularly its support for Shiite rebels in Yemen, with a view to submit at a later stage an anti-Iran Arab resolution.
Arab feud over Qatar boils over at Cairo meeting
CAIRO (AP) — A Qatari diplomat says "dogs" backed by "some regimes" are waging a media campaign against his country, a thinly veiled jab at Gulf countries that drew a sharp rebuke at an Arab League meeting.
Qatar's minister of state for foreign affairs, Soltan bin Saad al-Muraikhi, delivered the remarks at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on Tuesday, angering Saudi and Egyptian representatives.
CAIRO (AP) — A U.N. envoy has proposed a plan on giving the world organization a mandate to run a key Yemen port now under control of the country's Shiite rebels.
Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said on Monday that the Hodeida port should be run by a third, neutral party, under U.N. supervision.
He spoke after Arab League meetings in Cairo where he presented a "Hodeida Plan" — a possible blueprint for a wider solution for Yemen's conflict.
ROBERTSFIELD, Liberia (AP) — Morocco's king is skipping a regional meeting of West African leaders amid his country's bid to join the bloc known as ECOWAS.
King Mohammed VI canceled his trip to the Sunday gathering because Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was among those attending. Morocco is one of the Arab League countries with no diplomatic ties with Israel.
Both Israel and Morocco are looking to increase investment and business ties in West Africa.
DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — Arab leaders "realize the urgency" of tackling long-running regional crises, from war to high unemployment, Jordan's foreign minister said Monday after chairing a meeting of his counterparts from the region.
Ayman Safadi said he and his colleagues endorsed more than a dozen policy resolutions, including several on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, that are to be adopted Wednesday by heads of state of the 22-member Arab League at their annual gathering.
With eye toward Trump, Arab leaders to seek consensus
DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — With an eye toward Washington, leaders of a fractured and conflict-ridden Arab world hold their annual summit this week, seeking common positions and possible leverage as President Donald Trump weighs his approach toward the region.
From their hotel on the Dead Sea, they have a view of the Israeli-occupied West Bank on the opposite shore — a visual reminder of the stalled Palestinian quest for statehood, an issue that host Jordan says will take center stage this year.
DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — The Arab League chief says 29 percent youth unemployment is one of the region's biggest challenges.
Ahmed Aboul-Gheit spoke Sunday, ahead of a summit of Arab leaders later in the week. He told economic ministers from the region that economic and social issues should take priority at the summit "because the Arab citizen is economically insecure and his trust in the future is weak."
US envoy: US supports 2-state Israel-Palestinian solution
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Thursday the United States "absolutely" supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and anyone who thinks it doesn't is in "error."
But the Trump administration's new U.N. envoy told reporters: "We are thinking out of the box as well, which is: What does it take to bring these two sides to the table? What do we need to have them agree on?"
Rift with Trump: UN and Arab heads endorse 2-state solution
JERUSALEM (AP) — The United Nations and the Arab League on Thursday issued a joint statement in support of the establishment of a Palestinian state, exposing a rift with President Donald Trump, who says it's up to Israel and the Palestinians to agree on the form of a final settlement.
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt is hosting high-profile talks among Libya's top political and military figures aimed at resolving the war-ravaged country's political deadlock, officials said Thursday.
The head of Libya's U.N.-brokered unity government, Fayez Serraj, has met over the past two days with Aqila Saleh, the head of the Libyan parliament. Saleh is also to meet the head of the Cairo-based Arab League later Thursday.
The Saleh-Serraj meeting — the first in months —...
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian president says he will sue Great Britain over the 1917 Balfour Declaration and its support for a Jewish national home in the Holy Land.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki made the announcement on behalf of Mahmoud Abbas at Monday's opening of the Arab League summit in the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott.
Malki said the suit would be filed in an international court. He didn't elaborate.
CAIRO (AP) — Arab officials gathered in a tent in the Mauritanian capital Monday, in the most poorly attended Arab League summit in years, a sign of the region's disarray.
Just a handful of leaders from the Arab League's 22 member states turned up, pointing to the pan-Arab organization's struggles under the strain of various regional crises — including the conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Libya.
Past initiatives — such as last year's plans for a joint Arab...
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's prime minister is attending an Arab League summit in the Mauritanian capital but isn't spending the night there after his health minister questioned the impoverished African nation's ability to host top delegations.
The comments by Health Minister Wael Abu Faour on a local TV show triggered a spat between Lebanon and Mauritania, where Lebanese officials were attacked by journalists and on social media.
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has canceled his visit to Mauritania to attend the Arab League summit there, sending instead his premier as the head of the delegation.
The presidential statement gave no reason for the cancellation but the Egyptian press carried unconfirmed reports there could be an attempt on el-Sissi's life during the gathering in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott.
Egypt's delegation at the summit, which starts on Monday,...