Latest Arab League News

Omani foreign minister makes rare visit to Syria

Jul. 7, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Oman's foreign minister made a rare visit to Syria on Sunday to discuss with President Bashar Assad ways of restoring stability and security in the region. Oman is one of few Arab countries that kept normal relations with Damascus after Syria was suspended from the Arab League in 2011 over...

The Latest: Arab League chief tells Iranians to 'be careful'

Jun. 15, 2019 3:21 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local): 11:45 p.m. The head of the Arab League is calling on the Iranians to "be careful and reverse course." Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit noted after meeting with U.N....

The Latest: Iran urges regional dialogue to ease tensions

Jun. 13, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Iran's U.N. Mission is calling for an urgent dialogue among all countries in the Persian Gulf region to ease tensions following attacks on two oil tankers near...

Arab League: Israel-Palestinian peace must have 2 states

Jun. 13, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the Arab League is warning against any peace plan that ignores a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit also warns against any proposal that creates an alternative economic track that perpetuates Israel's occupation of...

Saudi king slams Iran's 'terrorist acts' at Islamic summit

May. 31, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Salman slammed Iran over recent attacks targeting the kingdom, describing the incidents on Saturday in a speech before Muslim leaders gathered in Mecca as "terrorist acts" that threaten global energy supplies. It was the monarch's strongest words yet since...

The Latest: Iran's president says stay focused on Palestine

May. 31, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has sent a message to a summit of Muslim countries saying they need to remain focused on the Palestinian issue. In a letter published on the...

Saudi King Salman urges international effort to thwart Iran

May. 30, 2019 10:49 PM EDT

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Salman opened an emergency summit of Arab leaders in Islam's holiest city of Mecca on Friday with a call for the international community to use all means to confront Iran, but he also said the kingdom remains committed to peace. King Salman delivered his...

Iran's foreign minister in Pakistan amid tensions with US

May. 24, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Iran's foreign minister lashed out at President Donald Trump on Friday during a critically timed visit to Pakistan amid a simmering crisis between Tehran and Washington and ahead of next week's emergency Arab League meeting called by Saudi Arabia over the region's tensions. The remarks by...

The Latest: Japan PM mulls Iran visit to mediate crisis

May. 24, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 5 p.m. Japanese media say Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering a visit to Iran next month amid rising tension between Tehran and...