Arab League ministers meet to discuss reforms

Foreign ministers and diplomats from 21 Arab countries and the Palestinian Authority met in Cairo, Egypt, today to begin talks on reforming the 60-year-old Arab League and rewriting its charter.

Opening the talks, Jordan’s Foreign Minister Abdul-Ilah al-Khatib urged colleagues to improve the decision-making process of the League, which has long been seen as ineffective.

At the Arab summit in March, heads of state recommended the restructuring of the League and the creation of an unelected consultative body.

The meeting that began today is expected to end tomorrow, but the negotiations on reform might continue for months.

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