List of leaders of Middle Eastern and North African states

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This is a list of leaders of Middle Eastern and North African states. It consists of the heads of state and government within the Arab League, and of other MENA countries outside it.

Leaders of Arab League member states[edit]

State Region Image Leader Title In Office
 Algeria North Africa Bouteflika (Algiers, Feb 2006).jpeg Abdelaziz Bouteflika President of Algeria 27 April 1999
Abdelmalek Sellal 2014-08-05.jpg Abdelmalek Sellal Prime Minister of Algeria 29 April 2014
 Bahrain Arabian Peninsula Hamad-Bin-Isa-Al-Khalifa.jpg Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa King of Bahrain 6 March 1999
Khalifa ibn Salman Al Khalifa.jpg Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa Prime Minister of Bahrain 10 January 1970
 Comoros Indian Ocean[1] Azali Assoumani President of the Comoros 26 May 2016
 Djibouti Horn of Africa Ismail Omar Guelleh 2010.jpg Ismaïl Omar Guelleh President of Djibouti 8 May 1999
 Egypt North Africa[2] Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.PNG Abdel Fattah el-Sisi President of Egypt 8 June 2014
Sherif Ismail (cropped).jpg Sherif Ismail Prime Minister of Egypt 19 September 2015
 Iraq Near East Fuad Masum 2014.jpg Fuad Masum President of Iraq 24 July 2014
Haider al-Abadi January 2015.jpg Haider al-Abadi Prime Minister of Iraq 8 September 2014
 Jordan Levant Lula and Abdullah II of Jordania-copred.jpg Abdullah II of Jordan King of Jordan 7 February 1999
Hani Al-Mulki Prime Minister of Jordan 1 June 2016
 Kuwait Arabian Peninsula Sheikh Sabah IV.jpg Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Emir of Kuwait 29 January 2006
Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.jpg Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah Prime Minister of Kuwait 4 December 2011
 Lebanon Levant General Michel Aoun.jpg Michel Aoun President of Lebanon 31 October 2016
Hariri in April 2009.jpg Saad Hariri Prime Minister of Lebanon 18 December 2016
 Libya North Africa Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj.jpg Fayez al-Sarraj (Internationally recognized) Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya 30 March 2016
 Mauritania Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz August 2014 (cropped).jpg Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz President of Mauritania 5 August 2009
Yahya Ould Hademine Prime Minister of Mauritania 20 August 2014
 Morocco North Africa King Mohammed VI.jpg Mohammed VI of Morocco King of Morocco 23 July 1999
Saad-Eddine Al-Othmani.jpg Saadeddine Othmani Prime Minister of Morocco 5 April 2017
 Oman Arabian Peninsula Omani Qaboos bin Said Al Said (cropped).jpg Qaboos bin Said al Said Sultan of Oman 23 July 1970
 Palestine Levant Mahmoud Abbas September 2014.jpg Mahmoud Abbas President of the State of Palestine 8 May 2005
Rami Hamdallah October 2013.jpg Rami Hamdallah Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority 2 June 2014
 Qatar Arabian Peninsula Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani 2014.jpg Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Emir of Qatar 25 June 2013
Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani Prime Minister of Qatar 26 June 2013
 Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdull aziz December 9, 2013.jpg Salman of Saudi Arabia King of Saudi Arabia 23 January 2015
 Somalia Horn of Africa Farmaajohd12.png Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed President of Somalia 8 February 2017
 Sudan North Africa Omar al-Bashir, 12th AU Summit, 090202-N-0506A-137.jpg Omar al-Bashir President of Sudan 30 June 1989
 Syria Levant Bashar al-Assad (cropped).jpg Bashar al-Assad President of Syria 17 July 2000
Emad Khamis.jpg Imad Khamis Prime Minister of Syria 3 July 2016
 Tunisia North Africa Beji Caid el Sebsi at the 37th G8 Summit in Deauville 006.jpg Beji Caid Essebsi President of Tunisia 31 December 2014
Youssef Chahed.jpg Youssef Chahed Prime Minister of Tunisia 27 August 2016
 United Arab Emirates Arabian Peninsula Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan-CROPPED.jpg Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan President of the United Arab Emirates 3 November 2004
Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.jpg Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates 11 February 2006
 Yemen Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi 2013.jpg Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi* President of Yemen 27 February 2012
Ahmed Obaid Bin-Dagher.jpg Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr* Prime Minister of Yemen 4 April 2016

Note: (*) means leadership is disputed.

Leaders of Arab League non-member states[edit]

State Region Image Leader Title In Office
 Abkhazia Asia Minor and the Caucasus Raul Khajimba 2015.jpg Raul Khajimba President of Abkhazia 25 September 2014
Beslan Bartsits Prime Minister of Abkhazia 5 August 2016
 Afghanistan Near East Ashraf Ghani December 2014.jpg Ashraf Ghani President of Afghanistan 29 September 2014
Abdullah Abdullah August 2014 (cropped).jpg Abdullah Abdullah Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan 29 September 2014
 Armenia Asia Minor and the Caucasus Serzh Sargsyan official portrait from president-am.jpg Serzh Sargsyan President of Armenia 9 April 2008
Karapetyan portrait 2017.jpg Karen Karapetyan Prime Minister of Armenia September 13, 2016
 Azerbaijan Asia Minor and the Caucasus Azerbaijani President Aliyev Participate in a Meeting With Secretary Kerry and Other Global Leaders on the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict in Vienna (26452164084).jpg Ilham Aliyev President of Azerbaijan 31 October 2003
Artur Rasizadə (2009).jpg Artur Rasizade Prime Minister of Azerbaijan 4 November 2003
 Eritrea Horn of Africa President Isaias Afewerk.jpg Isaias Afwerki President of Eritrea 24 May 1993
 Ethiopia Horn of Africa Mulatu Teshome.jpg Mulatu Teshome President of Ethiopia 7 October 2013
Hailemariam Desalegn - Closing Plenary- Africa's Next Chapter - World Economic Forum on Africa 2011.jpg Hailemariam Desalegn Prime Minister of Ethiopia 20 August 2012
Gaza Strip Levant Ismail Haniyeh.jpg Ismail Haniyeh Chairman of the Political Bureau of Hamas 6 May 2017
Prime Minister of the Gaza Strip 14 June 2007
 Georgia Asia Minor and the Caucasus Prasidenten Margvelashvili (cropped).jpg Giorgi Margvelashvili President of Georgia 17 November 2013
PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili meeting with Iranian VP Eshaq Jahangiri.jpg Giorgi Kvirikashvili Prime Minister of Georgia 30 December 2015
 Iran Near East Ali Khamenei Nowruz message official portrait 1397 02.jpg Ali Khamenei Supreme Leader of Iran 4 June 1989
Hassan Rouhani President of Iran 3 August 2013
 Israel Levant Reuven Rivlin Senate of Poland.JPG Reuven Rivlin President of Israel 24 July 2014
Benjamin Netanyahu 2012.jpg Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister of Israel 31 March 2009
 Nagorno-Karabakh Asia Minor and the Caucasus Bako Sahakyan.jpg Bako Sahakyan President of Nagorno-Karabakh 7 September 2007
Araik.jpg Arayik Harutyunyan Prime Minister of Nagorno-Karabakh 14 September 2007
 Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic North Africa Brahim Ghali President of the Sahrawi Republic 12 July 2016
Abdelkader Taleb Omar.jpg Abdelkader Taleb Omar Prime Minister of the Sahrawi Republic 29 October 2003
 South Ossetia Asia Minor and the Caucasus Anatoliy Bibilov EO.png Anatoliy Bibilov President of South Ossetia 21 April 2017
Domenty Kulumbegov Prime Minister of South Ossetia 20 January 2014
 Turkey Asia Minor and the Caucasus[3] Recep Tayyip Erdogan 2017.jpg Recep Tayyip Erdoğan President of Turkey 28 August 2014
Portrait of Binali Yıldırım (cropped).jpg Binali Yıldırım Prime Minister of Turkey 3 July 2016


  1. ^ Comoros is entirely outside of the MENA, but is a Member of the Arab League.
  2. ^ Bulk of Territory; All of North Sinai and South Sinai, as well as parts of Port Said, Ismailia and Suez, are in the Levant region.
  3. ^ Bulk of Territory; Hatay is in the Levant region; All of Edirne, Tekirdağ and Kırklareli, as well as parts of Çanakkale and Istanbul, are in the Balkans region, and therefore, outside of the MENA.