Leaders increase Arab League budget after lack of funding complaint

Arab leaders on Sunday increased the budget of the Arab League by $10 million, even though the body is already in dire financial straits because of member states' failure to pay dues. The resolution, passed on the final day of an Arab summit, raised the budget to $46 million starting in 2009, up from the current $36 million annual budget. It did not detail any measures to ensure members pay their dues, which vary according to each country's wealth. In a report to the summit, Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa complained of the budget deficits and asked the gathered leaders to put the review of the financial situation high on its agenda.