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The Arab States: Looking back on the year 1999
Regional, Editorial, 1/14/2000
A possible road map to international economic development
The world has never been more prosperous and yet there is a great disparity in the economic income between the wealthiest countries and the poorest.
Regional, Analysis, 1/14/2000
US, Russia, Britain consult on Middle East peace
The US, Russia and Britain have asserted the need to exert efforts to achieve just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East.
Regional-International, Politics, 1/14/2000
Algerian president voices will to consolidate ties with Morocco
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria has voiced will to consolidate his country's relations with Morocco.
Algeria-Morocco, Politics, 1/14/2000
Morocco carries on political, socioeconomic reforms
Premier Abderrahmane Youssoufi paid tribute to the late King Hassan II for steering Morocco onto the track of political and socioeconomic reform and called for further efforts to consolidate the consensus he marshalled with democratic forces.
Morocco, Politics, 1/14/2000
Cabinet reshuffle in Jordan
A royal decree was released in Amman on Thursday which appointed Fayez al-Tarawneh as a chairman for the Jordanian royal court in succession of Abdul Karim al-Kabareiti.
Jordan, Politics, 1/14/2000
Eight foreign ministers to visit Cairo soon
Eight foreign ministers are to come to Cairo starting with Hubert Vedrine of France, who is to arrive in Cairo on January 16 to hold expanded talks on the policy horizons in the Egyptian - French strategic discussion, which is convened for the first time on level of the foreign ministers.
Egypt-International, Politics, 1/14/2000
Moussa discusses peace process development with US professor
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa met yesterday Dr. Shibley Telhami who holds the Anwar Sadat Chair in Population, Development, and Peace at the US University of Maryland.
Egypt-USA, Politics, 1/14/2000
Clinton's envoy to Sudan discuss in London a plan to achieve peace
The US special envoy to Sudan, Harry Johnston, has held talks in Britain with British officials and Sudanese figures. The talks centered on the coming US move to establish peace in Sudan in the light of the new differences between the Sudanese rule and the opposition.
Sudan-USA, Politics, 1/14/2000
Al-Sharaa informed al-Hoss on Shepherdstown talks
Lebanese Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Salim al-Hoss on Thursday made a telephone call to Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa, during which al-Hoss learned about the talks held between the Syrian and Israeli sides in Shepherdstown.
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 1/14/2000
Moroccan premier announces draft laws on Women Integration Plan
Moroccan Premier Abderrahmane Youssoufi said Thursday that draft laws will be submitted to the parliament for the implementation of the Women Integration Plan and said dialogue will be held on controversial issues of the plan.
Morocco, Politics, 1/14/2000
AL wants observer representing it at Lockerbie trial
The Arab League asked the UN on Thursday to appoint a legal exert from the AL within the team of UN observers who are assigned to follow up on the trial of the two Libyans in suspected of being involved in the Lockerbie incident.
Regional-Libya-UN, Politics, 1/14/2000
Syrian party official, information minister confer with Australian immigration minister
The assistant secretary general of the ruling Baath Arab Socialist Party, Abdullah al-Ahmar, met on Thursday in Damascus with Australian Minister of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Phillip Ruddock and members of the accompanying delegation.
Syria-Australia, Politics, 1/14/2000
Turkish prime minister assures his country's adherence to developing relations with Egypt
Fathi El-Shazeli, Egypt's ambassador in Turkey, said that Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit showed a great adherence and real desire to develop cooperation between his country and Egypt in all fields to achieve the two countries' joint interests, especially as the two countries are considered the two pivots of the regional stability.
Egypt-Turkey, Politics, 1/14/2000
Government earmarks funds to compensate disappearance victims
The government has decided to earmark funds to start paying compensation to the victims of forced disappearance or their families, Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi announced on Thursday.
Morocco, Politics, 1/14/2000
Moroccan economy faring well, Youssoufi says
Though not commensurate with needs accumulated for decades, the first yield of government action is positive and proves "we are on the right track" despite adverse climatic conditions and delay in the execution of 1998-99 budget, Premier Abderrahmane Youssoufi told the house of representatives.
Morocco, Economics, 1/14/2000
Israel feels releif toward US role
A high-ranking Israeli official said that Israel feels releif so far toward the mediation role played by the USA in the peace negotiations recently held with Syria and that it thinks that the work paper recently raised by Washington forms humble progress, as it is a good basis for the coming round of talks between the two sides.
Syria-Israel-USA, Politics, 1/14/2000
Israel expected to hand over to PNA villages surrounding Jerusalem
Israel is definitely pulling out of another 6.1 percent of the West Bank in part of the third phase redeployment and in compliance with the Sharm al Sheikh agreement of last year, Palestinian sources said Friday.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 1/14/2000
Israel to carry on peace talks with Palestine
Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy said in Rabat Friday that his country will carry on peace talks with Palestine until the peace process bears fruit.
Morocco-Israel, Politics, 1/14/2000
Portuguese foreign minister arrives in the region
Portugal's foreign minister will arrive on Monday in Egypt on an official visit which will last for two days in the framework of his tour of the Middle East.
Egypt-Portugal, Politics, 1/14/2000
Moroccan foreign minister confers with Gambian peer
Ways to enhance Moroccan-Gambian relations were reviewed at a meeting here on Thursday between Moroccan Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister Mohamed Benaissa and his visiting Gambian peer, Lamine Sedat Jobe.
Morocco-Gambia, Politics, 1/14/2000
Israel releases two Lebanese detainees from Askalan prison
Following 13 years in prison, the Israeli occupation authorities on Thursday released two Lebanese citizens from one of its prisons in Askalan after they completed their imprisonment sentence taken by an Israeli military court.
Lebanon, Politics, 1/14/2000
Syria, France for strengthening parliamentary relations
A round of talks was held in Damascus on Wednesday between the Syrian- French Parliamentary Friendship Society led by Bassel Dahdouh and a French parliamentary delegation including two members of the French Senate.
Syria-France, Politics, 1/14/2000
King Mohammed visits Rabat sports complex
King Mohammed VI on Thursday visited the Rabat Moulay Abdallah sports complex, which is being renovated, part of Morocco's bid to host the 2006 World Cup.
Morocco, Sports, 1/14/2000
London opposes nearby lifting of embargo imposed on Libya
The call made by Tripoli for lifting the UN embargo on the imports of weapons imposed on Libya was met coolly in Britain, which several days ago protested against a Libyan attempt to smuggle missile parts.
Libya-UK, Politics, 1/14/2000
Prince Moulay Rachid in funeral of King Juan Carlos' mother
Prince Moulay Rachid attended Thursday at the San Lorenzo Monastery of El Escurial, 65 km north of Madrid, the funeral ceremony of Maria de Las Mercedes de Bourbon and Orleans, Countess of Barcelona and mother of King Juan Carlos I of Spain.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 1/14/2000
$1.7 billion US in Arab debts to Iraq
A statement issued by the Iraqi Finance Ministry said today that the total amounts due to Iraq from seven Arab states reached $ 1,705,256,000 through December 31, 1999.
Iraq-Regional, Economics, 1/14/2000
Iraq ratifies Arab, Islamic and international accords
The Iraqi Cabinet ratified the Arab agreement for unified Arab traffic aimed at achieving Arab integrity in land transportation.
Iraq-Regional, Politics, 1/14/2000
Likud opposes continuing peace negotiations with Syria
Israel Radio quoted Interior Minister Natan Sharansky as saying in an address he delivered yesterday that long-term plans must be made for establishing confidence relations between Israel and Syria, after which it will possible to resume the peace process with Syria.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 1/14/2000
Malaysia denounces economic sanctions on Iraq
Malaysia on Wednesday denounced the economic sanctions imposed by the UN on Iraq and informed the Iraqi deputy prime minister, currently visiting Malaysia, that it is very keen to strengthen its trade relations with Baghdad.
Iraq-Malaysia, Politics, 1/14/2000
El-Azhar Sheikh receives Sri Lanka's new ambassador in Cairo
Egypt-Sri Lanka, Politics, 1/14/2000
Australia asks for Jordan's cooperation to prevent illegal immigration
Australian Minister of Immigration Philip Ruddock announced on Wednesday in Amman that Australia has asked for Jordan's cooperation in arresting illegal immigration traders who use the Jordanian territories as a base or a crossing to enter Australia and to prevent them from doing so.
Jordan-Australia, Politics, 1/14/2000
Israel welcomes visits of Pope John Paul to the area
Israel welcomed the anticipated visit by Roman Catholic Pope John Paul II to Israel.
Regional-Israel, Politics, 1/14/2000
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A phone call was made yesterday between Colonel Moammar Gaddafi, leader of the Libyan revolution, and John Garang, leader of the Sudan People's Liberation Army. During the phone call, they emphasized that there is a great opportunity for achieving national reconciliation in Sudan and that all parties are ready to support Colonel Ghaddafi's efforts concerning this matter to stop the bleeding so that the Sudanese people will be able to establish their country and work with their African neighbors to achieve African unity to be able to confront the challenges of the new millennium.
The Lebanese newspaper Lewaa reported yesterday on Israeli proposals that it said were refused by Lebanon fo establish 10 early-warning centers after the occupation forces withdraw to be staffed by mult-national personnel with US leadership and with French participation.
King Mohammed VI on Thursday chaired a working session with an expert committee in charge of investments promotion.
The Itar-Tass news agency stated on Wednesday that the Russian Foreign Ministry recommended that all its citizens to avoid traveling to Lebanon. The Russian Foreign Ministry based its decisions on the "recent complications of the situation in Lebanon due to the revival of extremist forces and the danger resulting from that of the safety of the Russian citizens."
News reports from the occupied part of south Lebanon said that Lebanese workers who work in Israel stated that the Israeli government has completed the installation of a network of pipes, each with a diameter of 15 inches, starting from Banias town's spring in the Golan until al-Mattalah settlement which adjoins the border with Lebanon near Kafer Kalla town and that water has started to flow to this settlement and that this water is used for drinking and irrigation.
An Iraqi statement issued today said that the railway system in the country suffers from a severe lack of equipment and spare parts, which negatively effects the interior transportation movement, especially transferring supplies exported to Iraq according to agreements with the UN.
Bahraini Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Issa Al-Khalifa received a written message from UK Prime Minister Tony Blair in which Blair congratulated Sheikh Hamad on the Lesser Bairam.
Two persons were sentenced Thursday to life jail for having raped and killed a 7-year-old child in the town of Settat, near Casablanca. The two convicts were also sentenced for perverted sexual behavior and drug consumption. The case had provoked the anger among the public opinion in the town.
Mohammed El-Ghamarawi, head of the general organization for investment and the Egyptian free zones, decided to establish a data center to link between all the organization's sectors and local and international data centers, aiming at presenting data for local and foreign investors who wish to invest and to limit the procedures to save time for the investors.
The Israeli forces on Thursday at dawn arrested three Egyptians from the Sinai district under the pretext of that they were trying to cross into the Rafah area. Israeli Radio said on Thursday that the detainees were taken to the Israeli police center in Dimona for interrogation.
The Israeli daily Haaretz said on Thursday that vast Israeli military maneuvers have taken place in the past few days in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights.
Iraqi anti-aircraft artillery near Bashiqah fired on aircraft enforcing the northern Iraq "no-fly zone" yesterday, the US European Command said, adding that the aircraft "responded to the Iraqi attack by dropping ordnance on elements of the Iraqi integrated air defense system." The incident marked the third straight day clashes have been reported in the northern no-fly zone.