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Moussa asserts importance of Mubarak's visit to Washington
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa asserted in a special statement to ArabicNews.com the importance of the anticipated visit of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to the USA on Saturday and his discussions with US President Bill Clinton.
Egypt-USA, Politics, 3/20/2000
King Mohammed starts state visit to France
King Mohammed VI arrived in Paris Sunday afternoon on a state visit to France March 19-23, his first ever abroad since coming to power in July 1999, at the invitation of President Jacques Chirac.
Morocco-France, Politics, 3/20/2000
Emir of Qatar arrives today in Damascus
At the invitation of Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani, will visit Syria today and tomorrow.
Syria-Qatar, Politics, 3/20/2000
The pope starts visit to Jordan today
Pope John Paul II of the Vatican starts today a two-day visit to Jordan which will be followed by a visit to the Palestinian territories in the context of what the Pope called "the Pope's pilgrimage" to the holy lands.
Jordan, Politics, 3/20/2000
Establishment of peace in ME before end of year, difficult but not impossible
In exclusive statements to "Al-Ahram" newspaper, Foreign Minister Amr Moussa said a just and comprehensive peace should be a common Arab-Israeli goal that is satisfactory to both sides. He added both Jerusalem and the Golan have Arab and religious significance.
Egypt, Politics, 3/20/2000
A message from Ben Ali to Mubarak
Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak received today a written message from the Tunisian president Zein El-Abidin Ben Ali concerning the continuous consultation between Egypt and Tunis regarding Arab and international causes.
Egypt-Tunisia, Politics, 3/20/2000
Pope denounces sanctions on Iraq
Pope John Paul II on Saturday strongly denounced the UN sanctions against Iraq during a ceremony marking the holy year.
Iraq-Vatican, Politics, 3/20/2000
Syrian defense minister confers with Irish counterpart
The Syrian defense minister, deputy premier and deputy commander in chief of the army and armed forces, Lt. Gen. Mustafa Tlass, on Sunday in Damascus received the minister of defense of Ireland, Michael Smith, and members of the accompanying delegation.
Syria-Ireland, Politics, 3/20/2000
International forum on Islam and democracy starts today in Algeria
The international forum concerning Islam and democracy starts today in Algeria and is to last for three days.
Regional, Politics, 3/20/2000
French and Moroccan press underscores exceptional ties with Morocco
Major French newspapers devoted full stories to King Mohammed VI's state visit to France underscoring unique ties between heads of state and friendship and cooperation relations between the two countries.
Morocco-France, Politics, 3/20/2000
Shiite opposition detained in Bahrain
The Bahraini authorities have detained Abdul Wahab Hussein, one of the Shiite opposition leaders, just a few hours after his release on Saturday, after he had been jailed for four years.
Bahrain, Politics, 3/20/2000
Egypt will not export natural gas to Israel
Egypt eventually closed the door for Israel to import gas after that door had been ajar since 1993 and sometimes wide open, with Cairo and Ankara signing an agreement in principle on a gas transaction worth $10 billion that will be carried out in 2001.
Egypt-Turkey, Economics, 3/20/2000
Palestinian - Israeli negotiations to start in Washington, US - Egyptian efforts saved the peace process
Palestinian Minister of Local Government Saeb Erekat said that a Palestinian delegation will head today to Washington to participate in the peace negotiations with Israel that are to begin tomorrow at Bolling Air Force Base near Washington.
Palestine-Israel-USA, Politics, 3/20/2000
Turkish official calls for settling water disputes with Damascus, Baghdad
A Turkish official stressed on Sunday, on the sideline of the world forum on water currently being held in the Hague, the need of reaching an agreement between Turkey and its neighbors in the south, Syria and Iraq, with the aim of sharing the waters of the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers.
Regional-Turkey, Economics, 3/20/2000
Libya organizes peace conference in Somalia
Somali factional leader Hussein Aideed said that Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi will organize a peace conference in Somalia on April 6, clarifying that 400 delegates from the main tribes and 54 delegates from the smaller tribes will participate in this conference which is to address restoring peace in Somalia.
Somalia-Libya, Politics, 3/20/2000
Somali national reconciliation conference in Djibouti
Some 460 Somalis representing 92 local administrations in Somalia will meet on April 20 in Djibouti with representatives of the Organization of African Unity, the Arab League, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the UN, the European Union and the US in a Somali national reconciliation conference which will last for two weeks.
Somalia-Djibouti-International, Politics, 3/20/2000
Five international institutions praise Egypt's commitment to reimburse debt
Five international finance institutions praised Egypt's commitment to reimburse foreign debt and its interests in the scheduled time.
Egypt-International, Economics, 3/20/2000
Algerian-Indonesian joint commission meets in Algiers
The Algerian-Indonesian joint commission currently convening in Algiers will sign two protocols on non-double taxation and promotion of investments.
Algeria-Indonesia, Politics, 3/20/2000
Iraq rejects call to increase petroleum production
Iraqi Petroleum Minister Amir Mohammed Rashid asserted that Iraq still insists on its status and it will not increase its petroleum production and that it will not help the USA decrease international petroleum prices.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 3/20/2000
Opinion poll: Public confidence in al-Rawabdeh's government remains low
An opinion poll carried out by the strategic studies center at the University of Jordan revealed that the government of Jordanian Prime Minister Abdul Raouf al-Rawabdeh has kept low levels of popularity since last October and could not restore part of the backing it used to enjoy upon its formation just one year ago.
Jordan, Politics, 3/20/2000
Iran says US rapprochement unrealistic
Iran views the U.S. offer of official talks as unrealistic and it stand to reason that the U.S. officials should also recognize and concur with this assessment quoting the Iranian diplomat as saying '"I believe the problem with the proposed dialogue is, at least, twofold: first is the question of trust and credibility, and the second is the question of mutual respect and equality."
Iran-USA, Politics, 3/20/2000
Israel refuses to give members of SLA militia political asylum
A high-ranking Israeli source said on Sunday that Israel's withdrawal from south Lebanon will be gradual and from position in the Lebanese depths and that positions close to the borders will continue to be controlled for a certain period of time.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 3/20/2000
Israel continues aggressions against Lebanon
The Israeli warplanes on Sunday carried out mock raids at low altitude over the Lebanese south and the western Bekaa. Lebanese Army and resistance anti- aircraft guns fired at the raiding planes, Lebanese security sources said.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 3/20/2000
Annan reports on Iraq
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan presented a report on the situation in Iraq to the UN Security Council, placing emphasis on streamlining the processes used in the oil-for-food agreement beyond simply increasing the amount of funds available within the program.
Iraq-UN, Economics, 3/20/2000
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The informal Paris Club of donor countries meeting last week in the French capital agreed to cancel some $80 million of Mauritania's external debt, Africa Number One Radio monitored in Paris reported. The radio said the cancellation covers 90 percent of debt service charges that the West African country owed the donor nations.
The board of directors of the Egyptian Association for International Law, headed by Egyptian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Mufid Shehab emphasized its denunciation of the recent Israeli air raids on Lebanon which prove a severe violation of the principles of international law in general and rules of humanitarian international law in particular.
Defense minister of Burkina Faso, Albert De Millogo, on Monday started an official visit to Morocco. The visit is meant to consolidate the fruitful ties existing between Morocco and Burkina Faso in the military realm, the defense minister told reporters upon arrival in Rabat.
Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister for Asian Affairs Nagi El-Ghatrifi will head during April to Seoul, South Korea the Egyptian side in the committee for political, economic and commercial consultations between Egypt and South Korea, which will last for two days in the framework of supporting bilateral relations between the two countries.
President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan on Sunday received a telephone call from US President Bill Clinton. Talks during the telephone call dealt with bilateral relations, and developments of current conditions in the region.
A statement issued by the British embassy in Cairo said that British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook escorted by Peter Hain, minister of states for foreign affairs, will participate in the first African - European summit that will be held in Cairo on April 3 - 4.
Egyptian and Japanese preparations started the first program for increasing Egyptian exports to Tokyo. Tamer Badrawi, the executive manager of the Japan External Trade Organization (Jetro) in Cairo, said the Egyptian exports development center, the commercial representation body and the Egyptian industries union are participating in this program that aims at benefiting from Japanese experience in production fields, as well as at marketing leather products, textiles and Egyptian food products in addition to Egypt's participation in international fairs.
The Sudanese Army on Sunday stressed that it had repelled an attack carried out by rebels in Hamu Shkourb district and other areas in Kassala province in the southern part of the country.
Venezuelan Energy Minister Ali Rodriguez and US Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson are to visit Algeria, with Rodriguez's visit slated for tomorrow, Algerian News Agency reported.
Israel banned yesterday importing animals and meat as well as dairy products from areas of the Palestinian Authority, justifying this procedure by saying the PNA does not having proper veterinary devices.
Five Moroccan boxers qualified here Saturday for the African semifinal heats of the Olympic Games "Sydney 2000."