Kuwait rejects move to turn Arab League into Arab Union

June 27, 2010

Kuwait has expressed reservations about a Libyan-Yemeni proposal to turn the Arab League into an Arab Union, diplomatic sources have said.

“The establishment of an Arab Union that includes the formation of a regional Arab security system to defend Arab member countries, requires huge financial burdens with no guarantee of its effectiveness in light of divergent political regimes and interests,” Al Qabas daily quoted the unnamed sources as saying.

Several other countries have also shown little enthusiasm for the Arab League transformation. “Syria for instance said that the proposal did not include a common defence policy,” the sources said.

Libya and Yemen had called for reforming the Arab League and suggested the formation of an Arab Union with a new charter.

The leaders of Libya, the current chair of the Arab League summit, Qatar, the former chair, Iraq, the next chair, Egypt and Yemen are scheduled to hold a mini summit in Libya to discuss ways to reform the Arab League.

The Arab League, officially, the League of Arab States, was founded in 1945.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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  • Bahrain Tribune
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  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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