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Al-Assad confers with Italian prime minister
Syrian President Hafez al-Assad on Tuesday received at Damascus's al-Chaab palace Italian Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema and members of his accompanying delegation.
Syria-Italy, Politics, 2/23/2000
Egypt, Germany probe means of boosting bilateral trade
President Hosni Mubarak stressed the significance of boosting cooperation with Germany for the sake of development whether at the state level or private sector.
Egypt-Germany, Politics, 2/23/2000
Syrian - Italian talks stress bilateral cooperation, backing for Middle East peace
A round of talks was held on Tuesday evening between Syrian Prime Minister Mahmoud al-Zou'bi and his Italian counterpart, Massimo D'Alema.
Syria-Italy, Politics, 2/23/2000
India, Morocco sign cooperation agreements
India and Morocco Tuesday signed three cooperation agreements in energy and mines, communications and transport and decided to give a new impetus to bilateral ties.
Morocco-India, Politics, 2/23/2000
Kuwait ready to attend any Arab summit, even with Iraq
Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah has told Lebanese President Emile Lahoud and Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss of his country's political and financial backing for Lebanon in confrontation of the repeated Israeli aggressions against the Lebanese people and installations.
Kuwait-Lebanon, Politics, 2/23/2000
Arab MPs call spain to withdraw from Moroccan cities
Arab parliamentarians, who held the 9th congress of their union in Algiers, called Spain to withdraw from Sebta and Mellilia, two Moroccan cities it still occupies on the Mediterranean coast.
Regional-Morocco, Politics, 2/23/2000
Al-Sharaa holds telephone talks with al-Hoss, Ivanov
Lebanese Premier and Foreign Minister Salim al-Hoss on Tuesday spoke on the telephone with Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa.
Syria-Lebanon-Russia, Politics, 2/23/2000
Arab League to meet in Beirut in support of lebanon
In a first initiative of the kind, the Arab League has chosen to hold its ministerial council next March 12-13 in Lebanon to support the host country in the face of Israeli raids.
Lebanon-Regional, Politics, 2/23/2000
US source denies Israel obtainment an advanced nuclear technology
A US diplomatic source denied to ArabicNews.com reportss which said that the USA will allow Israeli scientists freedom to research US nuclear technology, saying that there is no intention to present nuclear technology to the Israeli government because the US government objects to this on political and legal bases.
Regional-Israel-USA, Politics, 2/23/2000
Mubarak to receive Pope John Paul II
President Mubarak will receive Pope John Paul II of Vatican, who is expected in Cairo on Thursday. The talks will focus on the Middle East peace process, future of the regain and bilateral relations.
Egypt-Vatican, Politics, 2/23/2000
Iraq criticizes oil-for-food program
Iraq said yesterday that the resignation of two UN officials this month came because they saw that the UN oil-for-food program did not fulfill Iraq's needs and that it is not an alternative to lifting the sanctions.
Iraq-International, Politics, 2/23/2000
Turkey and waters to Syria and Iraq
Sessions of the international conference for water security which concludes its works today in Cairo on Tuesday witnessed verbal rows between the Turkish and Iraqi delegations when the chairman of the Turkish delegation, Ali Ihsan Baghish, refused to consider the rivers of the Tigris and the Euphrates to be international rivers.
Regional, Economics, 2/23/2000
Aziz welcomes call of US congress members to ease sanctions on Iraq
Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tarek Aziz the welcomed the call addressed by 70 members of the US Congress in which they asked US President Bill Clinton to lift the economic part of the sanctions imposed on Iraq for 10 years.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 2/23/2000
Palestinian water minister: Israel exploits 80% of the West Bank's water
Palestinian Water Minister Nabil El-Sherif asserted that Israel exploits nearly 80% of the West Bank's and Gaza strip's water, saying in an interview with ArabicNews.com that, "Israel must give us nearly between 475 and 500 million cubic meters," asserting that Israeli pressures the Palestinians to desalinate the sea water.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 2/23/2000
India fully grasps Sahara issue, youssoufi
Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi said Tuesday India now fully understands the issue of the Moroccan Sahara after its political class was given full explanations on the issue.
Morocco-India, Politics, 2/23/2000
200 million LE in German loans for small projects in Egypt
The aid and loan program presented by the German government for small projects in Egypt will be implemented in March.
Egypt-Germany, Economics, 2/23/2000
Yemeni court prevents journalist from writing for life
Judicial sources in Sanaa said that a Yemeni court banned a Yemeni journalist from writing for life after being convicted of writing an article that harmed Yemen's relations with Saudi Arabia.
Yemen, Judicial, 2/23/2000
Egypt vows to renovate its economy
Egyptian Prime Minister Atef Ebeid has asserted his country's commitment to a just and comprehensive peace and to work for achieving it in the Middle East on all tracks, adding that a just and comprehensive peace is a strategic option for the Egyptian people and leadership.
Egypt, Politics, 2/23/2000
Agreement for Egyptian - US energy cooperation
Egypt-USA, Economics, 2/23/2000
King Mohammed VI receives football officials
King Mohammed VI, who was accompanied by Prince Moulay Rachid, received Tuesday general de division, Husni Benslimane, president of the Moroccan Royal Football Federation, and Driss Benhima, acting-president of the Moroccan commission in charge of promoting Morocco's bid to host the 2006 World Cup.
Morocco, Sports, 2/23/2000
Iron-enriched flour in Moroccan markets by end 2000
Flour enriched with iron and group B vitamins and cooking oil enriched with vitamins A and D will be available in Moroccan markets respectively by the end of 2000 and in the course of 2001.
Morocco, Health, 2/23/2000
Morocco, as a financial place for the future, theme of a conference in Paris
The Moroccan-French association circle and a portfolio managing firm are holding in Paris this Feb. 23-24 a colloquy to debate potentials of Morocco as a financial place for the future.
Morocco-France, Economics, 2/23/2000
Tunisia attracted $ 550 million of investments in 1999
Tunisian minister of international cooperation and foreign investments Fathi Merdasi said here on Tuesday that his country has attracted in 1999 nearly $ 550 million in foreign investments, an increase of 25% in comparison with 1998.
Tunisia, Economics, 2/23/2000
Sudanese, Iranian economic relations reviewed
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi on Tuesday discussed with Sudanese Foreign Ministry secretary Hassan Abidin discussed economic and cooperation relations between the two countries.
Sudan-Iran, Politics, 2/23/2000
Clinton says conflicts are inimical to Africa-US ties
US President Bill Clinton has warned that the continued fighting in Africa will affect America's future cooperation with Africa.
Regional, Politics, 2/23/2000
Berri: The Lebanese resistance is not only Hizbullah
Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri asserted that his country needs a neutral arena in which to declare facts about the Israeli attacks on his country.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 2/23/2000
Moroccan political parties denounce El-Egido racist acts
Several Moroccan leftist parties and organizations have denounced the violent acts against Moroccans settled in the southeastern Spanish city of El-Egido as "criminal, racist and xenophobe aggressions."
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 2/23/2000
Moroccan executive delegation tours gulf states
A Moroccan executive delegation will undertake this February 26 through March 9 a tour in Arab Gulf states to attract investments from the oil-rich region to Morocco.
Morocco-Gulf, Economics, 2/23/2000
Report: Moroccan paper rejects Spanish blackmailing and pressure over fisheries agreement
Moroccan daily "L'opinion" rejected this Wednesday Spain's blackmailing and pressure to make Morocco resume negotiations over a fisheries agreement.
Morocco-Spain, Economics, 2/23/2000
Tourists in Egypt glance sun rays fall perpendicularly on Ramses II
Sun rays fell perpendicularly early yesterday around 06:15 (local time) on the face of the statue of Ramses II inside his temple in Abu Simbel. The unique phenomenon was witnessed by near 5,000 Egyptians and foreign tourists as the sun rays remained on Ramses face
Egypt, Culture, 2/23/2000
Moroccan bank opens branch in London
Moroccan BMCE bank (Banque Marocaine de Commerce Exterieur) opened a branch here, in a move described by Moroccan finance and economy minister, Fathallah Oualalou, as "an important working tool" to promote permanent links between the two countries' economies.
Morocco-UK, Business, 2/23/2000
Israeli continues shelling south Lebanon areas
On Tuesday morning, Israeli gunboats opened fire with heavy artillery on the highway and farms in al-Mansouri area, south of Tyre.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 2/23/2000
Report: Sudanese president to dissolve the ruling National Congress Party
The Sudanese Akhbar al-Youm newspaper has quoted Sudanese political sources as saying that President Omar al-Bashir will dissolve the ruling National Congress Party.
Sudan, Politics, 2/23/2000
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Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid asserted that he received a note from Yemen's permanent delegate at the Arab League which called for listing a new item on the draft agenda for the 113th session of the Arab League council that will be convened next month in which Yemen calls for establishing a periodic and systematic system for convening the Arab summit. Abdul Meguid told ArabicNews.com that Yemen suggested listing the item under the title "Establishing a mechanism for the systematic periodic convening of the Arab summit," adding that he suggested listing this subject with the determining dates for convening the Arab summit periodically.
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria on Wednesday received visiting Moroccan youth and sports minister, Ahmed Moussaoui, who arrived in Algiers earlier in the day with an oral message from King Mohammed VI. Moussaoui told the press that he raised with Bouteflika Morocco's candidacy to host the 2006 World Cup and other topics related to the consolidation of bilateral relations.
"Presidential Political Advisor Dr. Osama Al-Baz is due to visit Lebanon in two weeks to follow up the implementation of President Hosni Mubarak's initiative during his lightning Saturday's visit to Labanon for the reconstruction of power plants," Al Diar newspaper said Tuesday. The paper said that Baz would also meet with a number of Lebanese officials to discuss steps for putting Mubarak's initiative into effect.
The Jordanian paper al-Arab al-Youm quoted the Jordanian ambassador in Damascus, Nasouh al-Majali, as saying that Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa will visit Jordan shortly carrying a message from President Hafez al-Assad to King Abdullah II on developments in the region. Al-Sharaa's visit to Jordan will be in the course of an Arab tour in several Arab states, the Jordanian paper added.
Farouk Qaddoumi, chairman of the political department of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, and George Habashi, chief of the People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine, called yesterday to stop the negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin and his foreign minister, Hubert Vedrine, will visit Israel and the Palestinian self-rule territories. Monte Carlo radio said that the French premier will try during this visit to give the stumbled negotiations between the Israeli and Palestinian sides a push forward.
The speaker of the Yemeni Parliament, Abdullah al-Ahmar, has reiterated his country's opposition to establishing relations with Israel until a just and comprehensive peace is achieved in the region, a peace that can bring back the lands and rights to their owners.
The Egyptian ambassador to the Vatican, Hassan al-Sader, has praised the stand adopted by the Vatican in supporting the right of the Palestinian people to get back their lands and considering Jerusalem as a city occupied by Israel, like other Arab lands that were occupied in 1967.
A young Moroccan who was helping his parents get into an airplane bound for Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage found himself in a situation of illegal immigrant against his will. The plane took off, while the young man was still on board, the Moroccan press reported, saying the man had no passport nor ticket. He was repatriated by the Moroccan border police.
Norway's secretary of state for foreign affairs, Wegger Christian Strommen, is expected this Wednesday in Morocco on a two-day visit. According to the Moroccan foreign affairs and cooperation ministry, the Norwegian official will assess with Moroccan officials bilateral relations and other issues of common concern.
The Israeli radio on Tuesday quoted Israeli Minister of Education Yossi Sarid as saying that there are possibilities to resume negotiations between Syria and Israel if the Syrians and Israelis will take necessary difficult decisions.
Dennis Ross, the US Middle East peace process envoy, asserted that there are difficulties facing the Palestinian - Israeli peace talks and that it needs a lot of efforts to bring it back to its course. For his part, Azmi Bishara, a member of the Israeli Knesset, expressed his belief that Palestinian President Yasser Arafat will declare the Palestinian state in September and that the other subjects will be opened with Israel, adding that declaring the Palestinian state will bring the peace process into a new round of negotiations.
The secretary of the people's committee for sports and youths in Libya, Muhammad Mahmoud Hijazi, met on Monday evening in Tripoli with Algerian Minister of Youths and Sports Abdelmalik Sellal and the chairman of the general commission for youths and sports in Iraq, Eyad Khaleifa al-Rawi.
The building of the river navigation commission in Khartoum collapsed on Monday, and this resulted in several slight injuries among the staff of the commission, while heavy material losses were reported.
Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan is facing a second trial in Ankara today on accusatinos of the dissention, killing and blackmail which could lead to a death sentence for the second time. The death sentence against Ocalan, leader of the PKK, was issued in June 1999 on accusations of treason and dissention.
The first Euro-Mediterranean forum of women parliamentarians will be held next March 7-8 in the Italian center-southern city of Naples.
The 7th International video art festival will be held in Casablanca next March 9-12 under the theme 'youth, modernity and creation."
Morocco and France are to conclude this week in Rabat an agreement on cooperation in the realm of handicraft. The agreement will be signed during the four-day visit French secretary of state in charge of small and medium size enterprises, trade and handicraft, Marylise Lebranchu is paying to Morocco as of Thursday.
Morocco's Hicham Arazi on Tuesday qualified for the second round of the $800,000 indoor tournament of London.
The Moroccan Royal golf links of Dar es-Salam of Rabat will host next March 6-13 the 31st international amateur Golf championships and the first Mohammed VI challenge.