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Arab League Summits


meetings of arab heads of state since 1964.

Since 1964, heads of states (as opposed to foreign ministers) of member states of the Arab League have met periodically to deal with issues of regional and

issues at arab league summits
no. date and location resolutions, outcomes
table by ggs information services, the gale group
1st january 1964, cairo agreed to oppose "the robbery of the waters of jordan by israel."
2nd september 1964, alexandria supported the establishment of the palestine liberation organization (plo) in its effort to liberate palestine from the zionists.
3rd september 1965, casablanca opposed "intra-arab hostile propaganda."
4th 29 august1 september 1967, khartoum held post-1967 arab-israeli war, which ended with crushing israeli victory; declared three "no's": "no negotiation with israel, no treaty, no recognition of israel."
5th december 1969, rabat called for the mobilization of member countries against israel.
6th november 1973, algiers held in the wake of the 1973 arab-israeli war, it set strict guidelines for dialogue with israel.
7th 30 october2 november 1974, rabat declared the plo to be "the sole and legitimate representative of the palestinian people," who had "the right to establish the independent state of palestine on any liberated territory."
8th october 1976, cairo approved the establishment of a peacekeeping force (arab deterrent force) for the lebanese civil war.
9th november 1978, baghdad condemned the camp david peace accords between egypt and israel, and threatened egypt with sanctions, including the suspension of its membership if egypt signed a treaty with israel.
10th november 1979, tunis held in the wake of israel's invasion of lebanon in 1978, it discussed israel's occupation of southern lebanon.
11th november 1980, amman formulated a strategy for economic development among league members until 2000.
12th november 1981/september 1982, fez meeting was suspended due to resistance to a peace plan drafted by saudi crown prince fahd, which implied de facto recognition of the jewish state. in september 1982 at fez, the meeting reconvened to adopt a modified version of the fahd plan, called the fez plan.
13th august 1985, casablanca failed to back a plo-jordanian agreement that envisaged talks with israel about palestinian rights. summit boycotted by five member states.
14th november 1987, amman supported un security council resolution 598 regarding cease-fire in the iran-iraq war. also declared that individual member states could decide to resume diplomatic ties with egypt.
15th june 1988, casablanca decided to financially support the plo in sustaining the intifada in the occupied territories.
16th may 1989, casablanca readmitted egypt into arab league, and set up tripartite committee to secure a cease-fire in the lebanese civil war and re-establish a constitutional government in lebanon.
17th may 1990, baghdad denounced recent increase of soviet jewish immigration to israel.
18th august 1990, cairo 12 out of 20 members present condemned iraq for invading and annexing kuwait. agreed to deploy troops to assist saudi and other gulf states' armed forces.
19th june 1995, cairo held after a hiatus of five years. iraq not invited.
20th october 2000, cairo set up funds to help the palestinians' second intifada against the israeli occupation, and called on its members to freeze their relations with israel. iraq was invited.
21st march 2001, amman held after the election of ariel sharon as israel's prime minister, it appointed egypt's amr mousa as the arab league's new secretary-general.
22nd march 2002, beirut adopted the saudi peace plan of crown prince abdullah, which offered israel total peace in exchange for total israeli withdrawal from arab territories conquered in the 1967 war. opposed the use of force against iraq.
23rd march 2003, sharm al-sheikh, egypt agreed not to participate in the u.s.-led attack on iraq, but allowed the united states to use military bases in some of their countries.

inter-Arab importance. The following chart summarizes the main issues discussed or approved at the various summit meetings.


Hiro, Dilip. The Essential Middle East: A Comprehensive Guide. New York: Carroll & Graf, 2003.

Philip Mattar

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