Where is The Arab League? (Issue 8 of 9)


Where is The Arab League? (Issue 8 of 9)

What is the position of the 22-nation Arab League, and does it support the Taliban-led Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan? Some critics have criticized it, claiming that the Arab League does not speak up for Muslims. According to Mohammed Hosan Hafez, PhD, the Arab League has fallen short of becoming a major factor in regional integration efforts. The League’s defunct status is due to its weak organizational structure, particularly its conflict resolution mechanism, as well as internal rivalry among its major members.

The Arab world, on the other hand, has had a mixed reaction to the Taliban’s takeover of the strategically important Central Asian country. The Gulf States will follow the lead of their top security ally, the US. To date, the US has not recognized the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Saudi Arabia had some conflict with the Taliban when the Taliban refused to turn over Osama bin Laden to them. However, the Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it “stands with the Afghan people and the choices they made on their own without interference.”

The AL nations

Qatar’s Foreign Minister, Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani, said that Doha supported a peaceful transfer of power in Afghanistan to pave the way for a comprehensive political solution, and cooperation with international partners and the United Nations to help restore stability in Afghanistan and secure the Afghan people as soon as possible.  Jordon’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi called on the Taliban to prioritize security and stability in the country to avert further chaos.  In June 2021, senior scholars from Afghanistan and Pakistan met for a landmark event on the path toward reconciliation between warring factions in an effort to end the fighting and bring peace to the country. 

During the August evacuation, private commercial Qatar airlines aided in the evacuation of foreigners and Afghan allies from a functioning airport that Arab countries had assisted the Afghans in operating smoothly. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassin Al Thani, a member of Qatar’s ruling family and former prime minister, stated that countries must deal directly with the Taliban.  “The world should respect the current situation in Afghanistan and not take measures to restrict them (Taliban)”, he tweeted.


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Theresa Delsoin (USA), Lunga Dweba (RSA), Nobuhle Thobela (ZWE).

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