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Bouteflika assures strength of the Egyptian - Algerian relations
Algerian President Abdealziz Bouteflika asserted that Egyptian - Algerian relations are historical and strategic and that both states are in joint coordination and communication on all subjects of joint concern.
Algeria-Algeria, Politics, 2/10/2000
Egypt will not ratify CTBT before Israel does
President Hosni Mubarak received yesterday a message from Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi on inviting Egypt to ratify the comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
Egypt-Israel-Japan, Politics, 2/10/2000
A program for space industries in Egypt
The Egyptian Ministry of Military Production started making a plan to implement the first program for the Egyptian space industries that includes the computer and programming industries.
Egypt, Science, 2/10/2000
President of European Parliament promises to inform parliament on Sahara issue
President of the European Parliament, Nicole Fontaine, promised to endeavor to correct information at the parliament on the Sahara issues, particularly on the situation of populations sequestered by the Algeria-backed Polisario secessionists in Tindouf (southwestern Algeria).
Morocco-European Union, Politics, 2/10/2000
Radi denounces denigration of Morocco in European Parliament
The raising up of the Sahara issue on a regular basis in the European Parliament by some MPs is no accident but part of a systematic disparagement program meant to run down Morocco and uphold Polisario claims, said the speaker of the House of Representatives Abdelouahed Radi.
Morocco-European Union, Politics, 2/10/2000
US Congressman Coble calls for strengthening U.S. support to Morocco
US Congressman Howard Coble (republican of North Carolina) called for strengthening of U.S. support for Morocco, that he described as "our oldest friend," and said, "We need to be more aware that this is a real jewel in North Africa."
Morocco-USA, Politics, 2/10/2000
Mubarak to Paris Match: ME peace tracks deadlocked, internal issues discussed
Interviewed by "Paris Match" in its Thursday edition, President Hosni Mubarak said the situation in the Middle East remains deadlocked even after Ehud Barak had assumed the premiership in Israel.
Egypt, Politics, 2/10/2000
Germany appreciates Egypt's role Mideast peacemaking
President Hosni Mubarak yesterday received Wolf Gang Terze, Speaker of the German Parliament (Bundestag) and his accompanying delegation currently visiting Cairo at the invitation of People's Assembly Speaker Ahmed Fathi Sorour.
Egypt-Germany, Politics, 2/10/2000
Libyan - Afghani discussions
Libyan leader Colonel Moamer Gaddafi met yesterday evening with an Afghan delegation including representatives of the different factions and parties at his residence in the Chadian capital, N'Djamena, during his current visit to Chad.
Libya-Afghanistan, Politics, 2/10/2000
Bouteflika tomorrow in Riyadh, part of an Arab tour
Sources at the Algerian presidency said that the Algerian President Abdul Aziz Bouteflika will start on Friday an official visit to Saudi Arabia in the course of a tour which will also lead him to Qatar and Jordan.
Algeria-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 2/10/2000
New Personal Status Law, compliant with Sharia
Egypt's First Lady Suzanne Mubarak said Wednesday that the long-awaited Alexandria library would come into existence by the end of the year.
Egypt, Politics, 2/10/2000
Tunis hosts Arab journalists workshop on social gender
A training workshop of Arab journalists on "the integration of the concept of social gender in analysis and urban development planning throughout media" opened works in Tunis on Wednesday.
Regional, Politics, 2/10/2000
Two Moroccan parties call for constructive debate over women integration plan
Two Moroccan parties, the nationalist Istiqlal party and the leftist Party for Progress and Socialism, have called for a constructive debate over women integration plan.
Morocco, Culture, 2/10/2000
Iran's foreign minister discusses with Lebanese premier, Russian FM Israeli aggressions against Lebanon
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi on Wednesday evening made a telephone call to Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss during which he condemned the Israeli attacks against Lebanon and voiced Iran's solidarity with the Lebanese government and people.
Lebanon-Iran-Russia, Politics, 2/10/2000
Report: Israel sends a warning message to Syria
Sources close to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak have revealed to the Kuwaiti daily al-Rai al-Am on Tuesday that Israel had conveyed a severe message to Damascus following the killing of one of its soldiers recently in the occupied part of south Lebanon, so as to be the last warning message for Syria.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 2/10/2000
Morocco voices concerns over Israel's raids on Lebanon
Spokesman of the Moroccan foreign department said Morocco regrets that at a time the whole world was expecting a fair and overall solution to the Middle East conflict following the recent detente in the peace process and the launch of the negotiations between Israel and Syria, there is a military escalation in south Lebanon and violation of the April 1996 agreement forbidding raids against civilians.
Morocco, Politics, 2/10/2000
Dennis Ross to arrive in Middle East on Monday
Dennis Ross, US envoy to the Middle East peace process, is due to arrive in the Middle East on Monday to stop the deterioration in Arab - Israeli relations which has escalated after the continuous Israeli shelling of south Lebanon.
Regional-USA, Politics, 2/10/2000
Mubarak asks Israel not to make pre-conditions to withdrawal from Lebanon
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak asked Israel today not to make preconditions for negotiating over the withdrawal from south Lebanon, saying that things are escalating and expressing his hope of resuming peace negotiations on all tracks.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 2/10/2000
Israel continues settlement operations
The Israeli government agreed on establishing new housing units for Jewish settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 2/10/2000
Washington, Paris call for understanding committee meeting, Israel continues air raids wounding six civilians
The Israeli occupation forces on Wednesday continued their brutal aggressions against Lebanon. The Israeli heavy artillery bombarded several Lebanese areas in the South and the Bekaa until the city of Tyre, while the Israeli warplanes launched some 11 raids against South Lebanese areas and targeted residential areas. The bombardment resulted in damaging several houses and wounding six citizens.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 2/10/2000
Arab, worldwide condemnation of Israeli aggressions against Lebanon
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid has strongly condemned the Israeli aggression against Lebanon which resulted in killing several innocent people and destroyed Lebanese infrastructure and service utilities.
Lebanon-International, Politics, 2/10/2000
Masalha: Israel has given up the April Understanding
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Nawaf Masalha on Tuesday asserted in a statement to Monte Carlo radio that Israel had backtracked from abiding by the April Understanding on the two sides of the Israeli-Lebanese borders, despite the fact that the coordinator of the Israeli occupation activities in south Lebanon, Uri Lubrani, has denied such a backtracking.
Regional-Israel, Politics, 2/10/2000
Benaissa flies to Bangkok to attend UNCTAD X conference
Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Mohamed Benaissa heads this Thursday to Bangkok to attend the UNCTAD X conference to be hosted by the Thai capital February 12 through 19.
Morocco-International, Economics, 2/10/2000
Moroccan-EU concerns over El Ejido racist Events
The visiting president of the European Parliament, Nicole Fontaine, termed attacks against Moroccan nationals in Almeria (southern Spain) as "tragical" but should not be seen as "a resurgence of racism and xenophobia."
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 2/10/2000
Morocco, Indonesia to sign non-double taxation accord
Morocco and Indonesia are to sign shortly an accord on non-double taxation and tax evasion, a statement by the Moroccan foreign department said.
Morocco-Indonesia, Economics, 2/10/2000
Administrative board of Bayt Mal al-Quds agency convenes in Morocco next week
The administrative board of Bayt Mal Al-Quds agency (Jerusalem Fund) will hold a meeting in Morocco next week.
Regional-Morocco, Politics, 2/10/2000
Arab Parliamentary Union to discuss common Arab market, Jerusalem and peace
An official Algerian parliamentary source has announced that all Arab parliaments' members at the Arab parliamentary council had announced their initial consent to take part in the meetings of the 35th session of the 9th conference of the Arab Parliamentary Union due to be held in Algiers on February 19 through 22.
Regional-Algeria, Politics, 2/10/2000
German president to visit Palestine
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and German President Johannes Rau will lay the cornerstone for a project in the industrial area of Haneen on February 20 at a cost of $25 million US that Germany will fully pay.
Palestine-Germany, Economics, 2/10/2000
Al-Kosheh incident should not affect Muslim - Christian relations
Pope Shenouda III, Patriarch of Saint Mark's Diocese, stressed again Egyptian Church's keenness on strengthening Egyptian national fabric which survived lots of obstacles down through the ages.
Egypt, Politics, 2/10/2000
Mubarak reviews east Port Said devolopment project
President Hosni Mubarak yesterday chaired a meeting of the Ministerial Committee for Mega National Projects.
Egypt, Economics, 2/10/2000
Moroccan premier visits India Feb.20-21
Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi will be visiting India this February 20-21.
Morocco-India, Politics, 2/10/2000
Canadian commercial trade arrives at Cairo
Egyptian - Canadian commercial discussions started today in Cairo through the mission of the Arab - Canadian commercial council which is currently visiting Cairo until February 14 under the chairmanship of James Patakalf, head of the council.
Egypt-Canada, Economics, 2/10/2000
Strong decline in Egyptian rice exports due to Asian competition
Egyptian rice exports retreated to 128,000 tons between October 1998 and May of 1999 in comparison to 178,000 tons during the previous season.
Egypt-International, Economics, 2/10/2000
Moustafa Kamel, symbol of national movement
Born on August 14, 1874, Moustafa Kamel - one of the great Egyptian leaders who carried torch of national movement at the very outset of the 20th century was dating fate to hoist the banner of national movement following the Urabi 1882 Revolution till Sa'd Zaghlul continued the march, leading to the 1919 Revolution.
Egypt, Culture, 2/10/2000
Starting the election campaign in Iran
The electoral campaign for the general elections started today in Tehran in which followers of President Mohammed Khatami hope to win an absolute majority over the conservatives.
Iran, Politics, 2/10/2000
State Council (Maglis ad-Dawla) A Symbol of the Rule of Law
According to Article 172 of the constitution of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the State Council is an independent judicial body, authorized to settle administrative disputes, disciplinary actions in addition to other terms of references as are defined by law.
Egypt, History, 2/10/2000
Medina receives first airplane of pilgrims today
Preparations for the Islamic pilgrimage season for this year in Saudi Arabia entered its final stages, as the first airplane carrying Haj pilgrims is to arrive today in Medina.
Saudi Arabia-Regional, Religion, 2/10/2000
Laboratory for controlling Iraqi weapons in Bahrain
Bahrain has urged the UN to announce whether it will close off its laboratory designated to control the Iraqi weapons. The laboratory has been located in Bahrain since 1991.
Bahrain-Iraq-UN, Politics, 2/10/2000
Moroccan power plant connected to electric grid, five months early
The third electricity unit of Jorf Lasfar power plant (230 km south of Rabat) was connected to the national electric grid last Monday, five months ahead of the initial scheduled planning.
Morocco, Business, 2/10/2000
Israel's army demoralized by success of resistance
"We feel like sitting ducks. I am no longer ashamed to say that we are afraid," said one of the Israeli soldiers serving among the occupation forces in the occupied zone of South Lebanon.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 2/10/2000
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King Mohammed VI chaired this Thursday a meeting with Egyptian and Portuguese foreign ministers, Amr Moussa and Jaime Gama and the representative of the European Union diplomacy, Javier Solana. The foreign officials arrived on the same day in Morocco.
Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss said the threat made by Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy to burn the Lebanese lands if Katyousha missiles are launched on northern Israel is a part of the Israeli terrorism which is equal to the Nazis' crimes against the Jews.
Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdallah met yesterday with visiting Italian Foreign Minister Lamberto Dini to discuss bilateral relations and issues of mutual concern, Oman Daily Observer reported.
Jordan denounced today the Israeli assault on Lebanon which targeted civilian establishments and the economic infrastructure as well as killing innocent Lebanese civilians, saying that this assault will have repercussions that will negatively the peace process.
Martin Indyk, the US ambassador in Israel, asserted that the Lebanese Hizbullah Party jeopardized Lebanese civilians' lives due to the irrational violence against Israeli and the forces of the South Lebanon Army, adding in press statements yesterday evening that these works threaten the peace process in the area therefore the Arab fronts that wish to continue the peace process must stop the operations of Hizbullah against Israel to maintain the safety of the Lebanese people.
Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani met yesterday with visiting Kuwaiti Minister of Information Saad bin Taflah al-Ajamai to discuss bilateral cooperation, Gulf Times reported.
The Moroccan human rights organization "OMDH" called Wednesday for legal action against those who committed racist violent acts against Moroccans and compensation for damage they suffered end of last week in El Ejido in southern Spain.
Industry, Trade and Handicraft Minister Alami Tazi chaired in Rabat a coordination meeting of the Moroccan delegation to the UNCTAD X Conference slated for next week in Bangkok.Tazi stressed the importance of the conference which will try to make up for Seattle shortcomings and expounded the delegation work plan which targets efficient participation in all the activities staged for the event.
The Tunisian stock market is currently planning to develop its performance through training personnel and technical improvements. The Tunisian stock market witnessed an obvious growth at the beginning of the current year as the number of registered companies increased to 24 with the participation of six new companies and 1.8 million new shares so that value of the stock market shares increase to $3.3 billion dinars in comparison to $2.4 billion at the end of 1998, while the percentage of foreign contributions reached 21% in these shares, topped by French, Italian and Saudi investors.
Moroccan Employment Minister Khalid Alioua opened in Fez Wednesday the works of the executive bureau of the African Workers' Democratic Union Organization (ODSTA) meant to probe "African unions and employment challenges in the 3d millennium."
The Gulf Cooperation Council member states-- Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates-- plan to spend 400,000 Bahraini dinars in a plan to fight malaria, Gulf Daily News reported.
The United Arab Emirates has offered to help stop groups smuggling illegal immigrants into Western countries, Khaleej Times reported.