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Women do not enjoy rights recognized by Islam, King Mohammed VI says
King Mohammed VI on Wednesday said that in most Islamic societies women do not enjoy the rights granted by the Sharia (Islamic law).
Morocco, Culture, 3/23/2000
Egypt Wants to build Silicon Valley with US cooperation
Foreign Minister Amr Moussa Tuesday night told the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco that Egypt has ushered, in the new millennium, with an ambitious national project for a comprehensive technology revival.
Egypt-USA, Economics, 3/23/2000
Baz highlights importance of Mubarak's visit to US
A senior diplomat said President Hosni Mubarak's forthcoming visit to the US has two dimensions: one bilateral and another regional.
Egypt-USA, Politics, 3/23/2000
Mubarak - Clinton talks cover important issues
A host of important issues will figure prominently on the agenda of talks between Presidents Hosni Mubarak and Bill Clinton, Foreign Minister Amr Moussa said Wednesday.
Egypt-USA, Politics, 3/23/2000
Timely visit for peace process
President Mubarak tomorrow starts a visit to the United States during which he would meet senior US officials for discussing the latest developments of the Mideast peace process,bilateral relations, and cooperation in the industry of information and technology.
Egypt-USA, Politics, 3/23/2000
First Qatari ambassador in Manama
Qatar announced on Wednesday the accreditation of its first ambassador in Manama after it has recently launched the process of establishing normal relations with Bahrain, despite the still-standing border disputes.
Qatar-Bahrain, Politics, 3/23/2000
Human rights promotion, priority goal for Morocco, minister
The promotion of human rights and consolidation of the rule of the law are priority goals in the Moroccan state policy, and the orientation is consecrated and solemnly backed by the king of Morocco.
Morocco-International, Politics, 3/23/2000
Baghdad preparing for parliamentary elections
Iraq is getting ready for the legislative elections that will be held on March 27 in which 522 candidates are competing to occupy 220 seats for four-year terms.
Iraq, Politics, 3/23/2000
Pope John Paul II stresses the right of Palestinians to a homeland
Pope John Paul II has stressed the right of the Palestinian people to establish an independent homeland, noting the long sufferings of the Palestinian people and saying that the sufferings of the Palestinians during the past decades cannot be ignored.
Palestine-Vatican, Politics, 3/23/2000
Israeli justice minister admits to violations of human rights
Israeli Justice Minister Yossi Beilin expressed his sorrow for Israel's attitude toward human rights in the past.
Regional-Israel, Politics, 3/23/2000
Egyptian - Tunisian joint committee meets in Cairo
The joint Egyptian- Tunisian committee on Wednesday held a meeting chaired by Egyptian Prime Minister Atef Ebeid and the Tunisian premier, Muhammad Ghannouchi.
Egypt-Tunisia, Politics, 3/23/2000
Kuwait for convening pan-Arab summit
Kuwait's first deputy premier and foreign minister, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, said on Wednesday that Kuwait does not oppose the convening of an Arab summit at present or in the future.
Kuwait-Regional, Politics, 3/23/2000
Israeli official: Syrian- Israeli negotiations will be resumed after Geneva summit
The legal advisor for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Allen Baker, told the AFP on Wednesday that he is confident US President Bill Clinton and Syrian President Hafez al-Assad will agree on the borderlines between Syria and Israel and that Syrian- Israeli negotiations will be resumed after their meeting in Geneva next Sunday.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 3/23/2000
Tripartite Summit in Cairo
Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Othman Ismael said that Cairo will make arrangements to convene a meeting bringing together Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi on the sideline of the meetings of the Euro-African summit.
Sudan-Regional, Politics, 3/23/2000
Qatari-Italian talks start in Rome
A round of official talks started on Wednesday at the premises of the Italian Cabinet between the state of Qatar, chaired by Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani, and Italy, led by Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema.
Qatar-Italy, Politics, 3/23/2000
Egyptian committee to check on expatriate workers' problems
The committee for care of Egyptians abroad will start under the chairmanship of Asem Megahed, the Egyptian assistant foreign minister for consular affairs and Egyptians abroad, on April 10 its 6th tour to learn about the problems of the Egyptians working in seven Arab states.
Egypt, Politics, 3/23/2000
Polisario jails survivors decry torturers
Several survivors of Polisario jails have denounced in Madrid the torture practices they have been subject to by the separatist group.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 3/23/2000
Border negotiations between Saudi Arabia and Yemen proceed on right path
The second deputy premier and defense minister in Saudi Arabia, Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, has stressed that border negotiations between his country and Yemen proceed on the right path and that the two countries are of unanimous stand in this regard.
Saudi Arabia-Yemen, Politics, 3/23/2000
Iran and the UAE islands
In a press statement issued in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, US Undersecretary of State Edward Walker said that the US attempts to maintain openness on Iran might be useful to negotiate over the question of three disputed Gulf islands.
United Arab Emirates-Iran-USA, Politics, 3/23/2000
Mubarak discusses with Arafat the peace process latest development
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat arrived in Cairo yesterday evening coming from Gaza for a short visit to Egypt, during which was received by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. They reviewed the latest developments in the Middle East peace process on the Palestinian track.
Egypt-Palestine, Politics, 3/23/2000
Blair to head his country's delegation to African - European summit in Cairo
British Prime Minister Tony Blair will arrive on April 3 in Cairo, heading a high-ranking delegation to participate in meetings of the African - European summit that will be held on April 3 - 4.
Regional-UK, Politics, 3/23/2000
Barak denies asking to participate in Geneva summit
The office of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak commented on Wednesday on news issued earlier in the day that Barak asked to take part in the Geneva meeting between Syrian President Hafez al-Assad and US President Bill Clinton, stressing that Barak did not ask to participate.
Syria-Israel-USA, Politics, 3/23/2000
Morocco, France to set up cooperation task force
Morocco and France agreed to set up a high level task force to enhance bilateral cooperation.
Morocco-France, Economics, 3/23/2000
Human rights international federation to hold congress in Morocco
The human rights international federation decided to hold its 34th world congress in Morocco in recognition of the country's human rights progress.
Morocco-International, Politics, 3/23/2000
Palestinians hail Mubarak's efforts to push forward the peace process
Ahmed Abd El-Rahman, secretary general of the Palestinian Cabinet, said that the resumption of the current Palestinian - Israeli talks in Washington was due to the great efforts exerted by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak such as convening the Sharm El-Sheikh meeting and that under his auspices Israel agreed on carrying out the last stage of redeployment.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 3/23/2000
Algeria, Indonesia sign three cooperation agreements
Algeria and Indonesia on Tuesday signed three agreements. The first relates to reciprocated encouragement and protection of investment, the second is on abrogating double taxation and the third on the level of representation in the joint Indonesia- Algerian committee, to be on the level of foreign ministers.
Algeria-Indonesia, Politics, 3/23/2000
Seven small industrial groupings to be established in Egypt
Egypt, Business, 3/23/2000
$2.3 billion in U.S. investments in Egypt
The volume of U.S. investments in Egypt reached $2.3 billion, in addition to $600 million in investments in the bond field.
Egypt-USA, Economics, 3/23/2000
Yemen's information minister in Kuwait on Monday
Yemeni Minister of Information Abdul Rahman al-Akwa will start on Monday an official visit to Kuwait during which he will deliver a message to Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah from Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Yemen-Kuwait, Politics, 3/23/2000
Nigeria's president gets message from Morocco's king
President Obasanjo voiced determination to energize bilateral relations, and the two sides convened to start moves to set up a Moroccan-Nigerian joint commission.
Morocco-Mauritania-Nigeria, Politics, 3/23/2000
Iraq accuses Iran of explosion which killed four civilians in Baghdad
Four persons were killed and another 38 wounded in an attack by mortar shells on a populated building in Baghdad on Tuesday evening. Iraq accused Iran of being behind the attack.
Iraq-Iran, Politics, 3/23/2000
Orascom purchases 25% of the mobile phone net in Pakistan
The Egyptian Orascom Telecom company purchased 25% of the shares of the mobile telephone network in Pakistan.
Egypt-International, Business, 3/23/2000
Morocco launches last phase of telecoms sale
Morocco on Wednesday issued an international tender to sell up to 35% of state-run Maroc Telecom, it was officially announced in Rabat.
Morocco, Business, 3/23/2000
Israel attack Lebanese civilians
A 55-year old Lebanese taxi driver, Ali Haidar, suffered a severe head injury and another civilian was slightly hurt by machine-gun fire coming from the Israeli zone near the site of an explosion that hit the occupied part of south Lebanon on Wednesday.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 3/23/2000
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Syrian President Hafez al-Assad on Wednesday received a message from Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara was handed the message by Yemeni Minister of Legal Affairs Abdullah Ghanem.
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara on Wednesday received the special envoy for the acting president of Russia, Vladimir Putin. Talks dealt with the current conditions in the Middle East and the northern Caucasus region and Russia position regarding the deadlocked Middle East peace process. Bilateral relations were also reviewed.
Well-informed Tunisian sources said that Tunisian President Zein al-Abidin Bin Ali will visit Doha in November to chair his country's delegation to the meetings of the 9th Islamic summit conference which Qatar will host.
A telephone call was made on Wednesday evening between Lebanese Premier and Foreign Minister Salim al-Hoss and Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara. The two sides discussed the forthcoming summit between Syrian President Hafez al-Assad and US President Bill Clinton on Sunday in Geneva.
Former South African President Neslon Mandela discussed in a telephone call he made on Wednesday with Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gaddafi issues of concern to the African continent.
The Sudanese opposition Ummah Party said it does not seek a bilateral or partial solution with the Sudanese government and that no one will convene with it except through the collective discussion conference through the Egyptian - Libyan initiative that will be convened with the participation of all the effective political forces in Sudan, including the southern rebels, even if it is not attended by the Sudan People's Liberation Movement headed by John Garang.
Arab media sources have reported that Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid is making consultations among the permanent representatives of the Arab League member states to set a date for resuming the meetings of the 113th session of the council of the Arab foreign ministers, which started in Beirut, in order to discuss other topics still listed on the meeting's agenda and to resume this session in the second half of April.
Libyan-Vietnamese talks started in Tripoli on Tuesday evening on backing and strengthening cooperation relations between the secretariat of the people's general conference in Libya and the Vietnamese National Assembly in various areas.
Arab health ministers will meet in Beirut on March 28 to discuss several issues, including child care, latest medical inventions, drugs manufacturing, a health information system and fighting smoking. Lebanese President Emile Lahoud is to participate in the two-day ministerial conference.
Defense minister of Burkina Faso, Albert De Millogo, who started on Monday an official visit to Morocco, held talks in Rabat Wednesday with the delegate minister in charge of the national defense administration, Abderrahmane Sbai.
Hundreds of workers in the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for rescuing and employing the Palestinian refugees in Jordan stayed on strike yesterday before the agency's headquarters in Amman to protest its internal policy.
The growth average in the Egyptian tourism reached 16%. The monthly news of the Egyptian data center affiliated to the Cabinet said the sector achieved an annual growth average of 16% between 1992 and 1999-- five times much as the growth averages of international tourism-- and that tourism contributes nearly 11% of the local products and forms the first position as a source of foreign currency for the general budget, directly or indirectly.
Seven Algerians were killed, among whom were four members of the security forces, during the past days by the armed groups all over Algeria.