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Arab American Identity



Ambassador Salah A. Sarhan ( November 2015-present) Welcomes you to the webpage of the League of Arab States in Washington, D.C.


Former Chief Representative of the Arab League in D.C. Ambassador Mohammed AlHussaini AlSharif (February 2012-July 2015)

Welcome to the new website of the Office of the Arab League in Washington D.C. As you may already know, the Arab League has been headquartered in Cairo, Egypt since 1945.
Arab Heads of States, Arab Foreign Ministers and Permanent Representatives of the Arab countries to the League have been regularly assembling at our historic headquarters in Cairo-Egypt under the auspices of this regionally and internationally esteemed organization since its foundation on March 22nd, 1945.
The objective of the League of Arab States was to coordinate policies among member-states and direct them towards common interests.. As such, the Arab League actually preceded the establishment of the United Nations on October 24th, 1945, making the League of Arab States the oldest regional organization in the world. It also enjoys an observer status at the United Nations and other International organizations. Over the years, the League expanded gradually from seven to twenty two Arab-member States with many missions, offices and centers formally recognized in major capitals of the world.
I hope this new and updated website will allow you to navigate smoothly through the abundant information on the history, culture and civilizations of the Arab World. It will also keep you up to date on the current activities of the League and, in particular, the activities of our Office in Washington, D.C.
Furthermore, the website will introduce you to and highlight the achievements of prominent Arab-Americans who have played significant roles in American life. Their vast achievements in all fields, whether as congressmen and senators, Four-Star generals, ambassadors, mayors, NASA scientists, artists, authors, entrepreneurs, or academicians have enriched to some extent both the history and the culture of America.
Historically, Arab-Americans have played a significant role as a bridge between the Arab world and the United States. Today, this role is even more important. They are an essential part of the American mosaic, enriching the diversity of communities across the USA.
The events that occurred in the Arab region during the last three years beginning with and subsequent to what I prefer to call the Arab-Awakening in 2011 have elicited some positive changes in the relations between the United States and the League of Arab States.
For the first time in the history of relations between the two parties, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining the cooperation of the U.S. with the Arab League was signed on September 25th, 2012, between- then- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Secretary General of the League of Arab States Dr. Nabil Elaraby. This MOU is intended to promote and enhance cooperation between the U.S. and the Arab League and improve coordination of Arab-U.S. policies in certain areas. It is also intended to create an ongoing dialogue in various fields in order to achieve economic, social, cultural, educational, trans-national and humanitarian cooperation.
At that time, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton described the signing of the MOU as marking the opening of a new chapter in the history of U.S.-Arab League relations. “The United States and the Arab League have worked more closely together than ever before”, she commented at the signing. “We have stood shoulder- to-shoulder in responding to the crisis in Libya and Syria.” She added.

As a result of this MOU, Secretary of State Clinton and I launched a U.S. initiative called “The Open Book Project.” According to the description of the project, “anyone in the Arab world with access to the internet will be able to read, download and print science and technology materials [available through the project] in Arabic free of cost. And they can also adapt the materials to meet the local needs of their classrooms and other educational entities.”

The Arab League Office in Washington D.C looks forward to a continued strengthening of relations with its counterparts in the United States. We hope this website introduces you to our objectives, our accomplishments and our desire to work together towards our historic goal of creating a “common good.”

We appreciate and value any feedback or suggestions that would help us to improve our website and making it a trustworthy source of information on the Arab World.

Meet The Ambassador : http://arableague-us.org/wp/meet-the-ambassador-2/

The 3rd U.S.-Arab Economic Forum

The USAEF is the premier event for people with an interest in business and policy decisions impacting the U.S. and Middle East.  This year’s forum continues to build on the success of the previous forums and will again unite over 1,000 high level corporate leaders, heads of state, ministers, academicians, politicians, policy makers and concerned citizens from the United States and the Arab World to explore new thinking on the approach U.S. – Arab relations.

Arab American Identity

This online exhibit dismantles stereotypes by tracing their origins and examining the scope of impacts, providing a more accurate portrayal of what it means to be Arab or Arab-American.

Meet the Ambassador

Ambassador Salah A. Sarhan , Chief Representative of the League of Arab States in Washington, D.C.

( November 2015-Present).



Ambassador Mohammed Al-Hussaini Al -Sharif (2012-July 2015)


Ambassador Mohammed Al Hussaini Al Sharif is a career Saudi diplomat for more than 35 years. Before assuming his current post as Chief Representative of the League of Arab States  to the United States as of February 16, 2012, he served as Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the Republic of Turkey, Canada, Consul in Houston-Texas, Head of Mission to Mali, and represented his country as Deputy Head of Saudi Diplomatic Missions in Venezuela, United Kingdom and the Philippines.

He has represented the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in various conferences and forums and headed Saudi delegations to regional and international conferences.

During his diplomatic career abroad, he wrote and published reports and articles in the media, in addition he lectured in universities and institutes in Ankara, Houston, Caracas, London, and Ottawa on Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy, the Middle East peace process, human rights in Islam, Islam and the clash of civilizations and the role of Islam in combating terrorism. During his present post in Washington, DC, he has been lecturing in various universities and participated in some think tank organizations seminars and forums in Washington, D.C. and other states.

Ambassador Al-Hussaini graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the American University of  Beirut, Lebanon, MA from the University of the Philippines and PhD in International Relations from University of Houston, Texas.

The Canadian Ottawa Life Magazine had chosen him as the second most influential personality for the year 2003 in the capital Ottawa among fifty prominent persons from the fields of media, politics, academia, science and arts.



Dennis Wholey , host of ‘This is America”, hosting Ambassador of the Arab League to Washington, D.C. 2012




Meet The Ambassador :http://arableague-us.org/wp/meet-the-ambassador-2/

Patriots and Peacemakers

Arab American National Museum. Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country tells true stories of heroism and self-sacrifice that affirm the important role Arab Americans have played in our country throughout its history.
Coming to the Arab-American National Museum
September 8, 2011

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