Council of the Arab League

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The Council of the Arab League (Arabic: مجلس جامعة الدول العربية‎ / ISO 233: Majlis Jāmiʻat ad-Duwal al-ʻArabiyya) (also the Arab League Council) is the principal institution of the Arab League[1] and was created by article 3 of the Charter of the Arab League.


The Charter states that the Council is to be composed of representatives, as necessary heads of state, heads of government and foreign ministers,[2] from the Arab League member states, each of which shall have a single vote irrespective of the number of representatives.

The presidency of the Council rotates among member states and the secretary-general is appointed by two-thirds majority.[1]

The Council has seven special committees:[1]

  • Political
  • Economic
  • Communications
  • Cultural
  • Legal
  • Social
  • Health


  1. ^ a b c Oron 1960: 123
  2. ^ Osmańczyk 2003: 1290


  • Osmańczyk, Edmund Jan (2003), "League of Arab States", in Mango, Anthony (ed.), Encyclopedia of the United Nations and international agreements, 2 (3 ed.), New York: Routledge
  • Oron, Yitzhak, ed. (1960), Middle East Record, 1, London: George Weidenfeld & Nicolson Limited