Follow RT for the latest news and updates on the Arab League – a regional multinational organization of Arab states and countries friendly to them. The Arab League was established by six states in Cairo in March, 1945: Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Transjordan (Jordan), Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. Find news on the history of the Arab League and its transformation. Today, the Arab League boasts 22 member states. Yet, Syria's membership has been suspended since 2011 due to the civil war. Get the breaking news on Syria and the conflict. The key goal of the Arab League is closer cooperation between its members to "safeguard their independence and sovereignty."