The League of Arab States is an International Organisation of Arab States that was found on 22 March 1945 in Cairo. Given the regional developments as well as the active role in the framework of the unresolved Middle East Conflict and the Syrian civil war the League of Arab States is an important partner for the European Union and Austria. The dialogue takes place at different levels.
Austria considers the regularly scheduled ministerial meetings between the European Union and the League of Arab States as an important opportunity for deepening and further institutionalizing the relations between the two regional organizations. The second joint meeting of foreign ministers of the League of Arab States and the European Union in November 2012 in Cairo adopted recommendations for a joint work program in the areas of energy, culture, human rights, humanitarian aid, crisis management and electoral processes.
In addition Austria has been accredited to the League of Arab States since 2013.
In view of implementing a special Austrian focus, the second "Arab-European Young Leaders Forum", jointly initiated by Austria and the League of Arab States, was held from 11 to 15 November 2012 in Cairo, dealing with responsible leadership on the path of transition to democracy and prosperity. By organising the third "Arab-European Young Leaders Forum" from 23 to 25 June 2014 in Vienna, Austria continues its efforts towards a vibrant and sustainable platform for young leaders from politics, civil society and business.