Arab League chief calls his group 'impotent'
Nabil Al-Arabi, the head of the League of Arab states expresses frustration at organisation's response to Arab Spring
AP , Tuesday 13 Sep 2011
The Arab League's new chief has called his grouping "impotent" in the face of ongoing uprisings in the region.
Nabil El-Arabi took the helm of the 22-member Arab League in June. He told Arab foreign ministers in Cairo on Tuesday that criticism of the organisation is "harsh" but justified.
"It became impotent in the face of any crisis which strikes Arab states and threatens their people," he said.
He pledged to restructure the organisation and promote bilateral accords between its members. "This is the biggest challenge the Arab League is facing," he said.
The organisation is an umbrella group of Arab countries in the region and has observer status at the United Nations.