GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
February 1958: The United Arab Republic, a union of Egypt and Syria, is formed.

Egypt and Syria merge to form a single political unit, with Gamal Abd al-Nasser as its president. This is designed as a first step toward creating a pan-Arab union. As such, the inhabitants are simply known as Arabs, the country called "Arab territory." In 1958, the UAR forms a loose federation with Yemen, called the United Arab States. A 1961 military coup in Syria forces the breakup of the UAR, though Egypt continues to use the name until 1971.

WWW United Arab Republic
http://www.bartleby.com/65/un/UntdArRep.html

An explanation of the political union of Egypt and Syria to form the United Arab Republic