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Al-Assad - Clinton summit in Geneva tomorrow
Syrian President Hafez al-Assad and US President Bill Clinton are to convene tomorrow in Geneva, trying to overcome the obstacles impeding achieving progress on the Syrian - Israeli track.
Syria-USA, Politics, 3/25/2000
Interview with senior US officials on regional issues: Part 1, Egypt
Egypt-USA, Politics, 3/25/2000
Al-Assad gets a message of support from Chirac on Geneva summit
Syrian President Hafez al-Assad on Friday evening received a message from French President Jacques Chirac on the Sunday summit in Geneva between President al-Assad and US President Bill Clinton and on relations of friendship and cooperation between Syria and France.
Syria-France, Politics, 3/25/2000
US experts stress importance of technological file in Egyptian-US talks
US information technology experts stressed the importance of the technological file in Mubarakšs visit to the US, that started Friday.
Egypt-USA, Economics, 3/25/2000
Cooperation with American states stressed
Foreign Minister Amr Moussa Friday stressed Egypt's interest in cementing ties with American States.
Egypt-USA, Economics, 3/25/2000
Ebeid hails Mubarak's Washington visit as historic
Egypt-USA, Politics, 3/25/2000
Two days before Geneva summit, Syrian military delegation in Beirut
Just two days before the convening of the Geneva summit between Presidents Clinton and al-Assad, Lebanon has asserted unity of the "Syrian and Lebanese tracks concerning the peace process," repeating their conditions for achieving Middle East peace, especially maintaining "a just solution to the question of the Palestinian refugees who live in Lebanon."
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 3/25/2000
Barak's concessions for making peace
The Israeli daily Haaretz said on Friday that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak is ready to postpone the opening of Israel's embassy in Damascus until the final stages of withdrawal from the Golan Heights.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 3/25/2000
Israel and the lake of Tabaraya
Just two days before the forthcoming summit on Sunday in Geneva between US President Bill Clinton and Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, Israel has stressed its determination to maintain its complete control on the lake of Tabaraya in the framework of any possible peace agreement with Damascus.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 3/25/2000
Report: Saudi mediation to bring together Syrian-US views
The London-based al-Sharq al-Awsat daily issued on Friday said that at a time when preparations are underway to convene the Geneva summit on Sunday between Syrian President Hafez al-Assad and US President Bill Clinton, diplomatic sources told this paper that a Saudi envoy has visited Syria during the past period in secret with the objective of bringing viewpoints together between Syria and the US.
Syria-USA, Politics, 3/25/2000
France seeks to expand on its 8 percent of total investments in Egypt
France's share of the total investments in Egypt reached 8% inside the Egyptian market.
Egypt-France, Economics, 3/25/2000
British Council director: A wide and growing interest to retain cultural links with Syria
"The British Council has a long association with Syria dating to 1942," said the director general of the British Council, David Green.
Syria-UK, Culture, 3/25/2000
Arab sources: Palestinian - Israeli summit next week
Regional, Politics, 3/25/2000
Report: Political future in Iraq will be for new bloods
The London based al-Sharq al-Awsat (Middle East) daily issued on Friday said that Oday Saddam Hussein, the oldest son of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, said that the political future of Iraq will be for the new blood which he said will "occupy key leading positions in the state."
Iraq, Politics, 3/25/2000
Annual conference for the Egyptian and Tunisian businessmen
Abd El-Sattar Ashara, secretary general of the Egyptian trade chambers union, asserted that it has been agreed between the Egyptian and Tunisian businessmen to establish an annual conference to be held alternately in Cairo and Tunis to work on increasing commercial exchange and pushing forward the joint investments.
Egypt-Tunisia, Economics, 3/25/2000
No referendum without all Sahrawis, Morocco says
Morocco renewed its opposition to the holding of a self-determination referendum in the Sahara if all Sahrawis are not allowed to participate in the vote.
Morocco, Politics, 3/25/2000
Arafat to visit Germany
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat on Monday starts an official visit to Germany. The visit will last for two days.
Palestine-Germany, Politics, 3/25/2000
King Mohammed meets FIFA chief
King Mohammed VI on friday met in Rabat Sepp Blatter, president of the FIFA (world football governing body).
Morocco, Sports, 3/25/2000
A tour by petroleum minister of Venezuela to the Arab area
Venezuelan Petroleum Minister Ali Rodriguez is currently making a tour of some of the petroleum-producing Arab states beginning with Libya to prepare for the OPEC meeting in Vienna at the beginning of next month.
Libya-Regional-Venezuela, Economics, 3/25/2000
Moroccan - Egyptian trade commission to meet in Cairo in April
The Moroccan-Egyptian trade commission will meet in Cairo on April 5 to examine means to upgrade trade exchanges between Morocco and Egypt.
Egypt-Morocco, Economics, 3/25/2000
Plan aims at developing Arab industry
The Arab organization for industrial development and mining is seeking to develop Arab industry through a specific work strategy aimed at developing Arab economics and supporting its capabilities in fields of industry, mining and energy.
Regional, Economics, 3/25/2000
IMF: Egypt proceeds on right way
On the sidelines of the activities of the Egyptian "Door Knock Mission" currently visiting the USA,. Dr. Abdul Shakour Shaalan, representative of the Arab States to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Egypt is proceeding on the right way towards sustainable economic reform and there are no points of difference between Egypt and the IMF.
Egypt-IMF, Economics, 3/25/2000
Yemeni president visits Canada, U.S.A and Italy
Yemen, Politics, 3/25/2000
Qatar to host the eighth Islamic commercial fair in October
The seventh meeting for businessmen in the Islamic countries will be held in Qatar on October 5 - 17, which coincides with the eighth Islamic commercial fair which will begin in the middle of the same month in the framework of the activities of the Islamic summit that will be hosted by the Qatari capital.
Regional-International, Business, 3/25/2000
Five journalists and a poet arrested in Sudan
The Sudanese security authorities arrested five journalists and a poet to interrogate them for violating the national security law and the armed forces law due to a poem and topics that were published by the independent newspaper Sahafa.
Sudan, Politics, 3/25/2000
Establishing an Egyptian - Ugandan Company
The first Egyptian - Ugandan company will be established this week with a primary capital reaching 100 million Ugandan shillings ($100,000), as the company aims at exporting Ugandan goods abroad, including agricultural products and leather, in addition to presenting services the Ugandan market needs.
Egypt-Uganda, Business, 3/25/2000
Speaker of Gabon's National Assembly in Morocco Monday
Speaker of the Gabonese National Assembly, Guy Nzouba Ndama, is expected in Morocco on Monday on a weeklong visit at the invitation of Abdelouahed Radi, speaker of the House of Representatives, lower house of the Moroccan Parliament.
Morocco-Gabon, Politics, 3/25/2000
New projects for producing Egyptian natural gas
Two new projects for producing 600 million cubic feet of natural gas daily from the fields of western Sahara
Egypt, Business, 3/25/2000
Barcelona to host seminar on Morocco's current challenges
A seminar on "the current challenges facing up Morocco" will be held on Tuesday in Barcelona.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 3/25/2000
Pan-Islamic body deplores Western fallacious perception of Islam
The Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) on Friday deplored the West's unhealthy perception of Islam.
Regional, Religion, 3/25/2000
Fair coming for Kuwaiti products in Jordan
The Jordanian capital, Amman, will host in May a fair for Kuwaiti products with the participation of more than 40 companies.
Jordan-Kuwait, Economics, 3/25/2000
Moroccan highway pay system: French company wins bid
A French company, "Grenobloise d'electronique et d'automatismes" (GEA), has won the bid to equip a Moroccan highway with the electronic pay system.
Morocco-France, Business, 3/25/2000
China loans Morocco $3.6 million
China will extend Morocco a loan worth $3.6 million to back the country's development process.
Morocco-China, Economics, 3/25/2000
Beirut to host Arab tourism exhibition
The 5th Arab world tourism and travel exhibition (AWTTE 2000) will be held in Beirut, Lebanon, Mar 30-April 2.
Regional-Lebanon, Business, 3/25/2000
London to host Moroccan textile exhibition
Moroccan Industry, Commerce and Handicraft Minister Alami Tazi is expected in London Sunday to dedicate a Moroccan textile and garments exhibition "Vetma" and commercial fair "Morocco-2000."
Morocco-UK, Economics, 3/25/2000
Spanish air company services Granada - Marrakesh
The Spanish air company "Binter" has started servicing a weekly flight between Granada and Marrakesh.
Morocco-Spain, Business, 3/25/2000
Turkey, Israel to develop Arrow 2 missile system
The Turkish Daily News said on Friday that a Turkish military delegation will head this month or at the beginning of April to Israel to discuss the possibility of having Turkey take part in the development of the anti-ballistic missiles of the "Arrow 2" missile system, which the US and Israel are developing.
Turkey-Israel, Military, 3/25/2000
Lebanese resistance operations in south Lebanon
The Israeli occupation forces on Friday renewed their attacks against areas adjacent to the occupied part of south Lebanon.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 3/25/2000
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With Egypt's president Mubarak visiting the USA, we thought we run some of these facts by investors about the USA economy:
Palestine's ambassador in Egypt told ArabicNews.com that Pope John Paul II convened today in the Palestinian lands a summit meeting among the heads of the Christian churches, which is considered the first of its kind in which the Christians greatly aspire to achieve reconciliation between the Orthodox and Catholics, between whom there are historical disputes. Lotfi Laham, metropolitan of Catholics, said the most important commitments of Pope John Paul II is the Christian unity, which he expressed in declaring the second millennium jubilee.
The Palestinian leadership convened its weekly meeting yesterday in Ramallah, headed by Palestinian President Yasser Arafat. They discussed the latest political developments in light of the current Palestinian - Israeli negotiations in the USA and the results of the meeting between Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Arafat in Cairo in last Wednesday as well as the visit of Pope John Paul II of the Vatican to the Palestinian lands. The leadership welcomed the pope's visit to the area, saying it supports the Palestinian right to declare the establishment of an independent state in September.
The volume of commercial exchange between Egypt and the USA decreased to reach $3.28 billion last year. A report issued by the Egyptian Economy Ministry stated that there was an 8.5% decrease in Egyptian exports as there was 10.3% decrease in the non-petroleum exports, while there was an 11.1% increase in petroleum exports.
Abd El-Rahim Shalkam, secretary the general Libyan public committee for external communication and international cooperation, emphasized the importance of redoubling efforts during the current stage to establish a stable and secure world, free of political domination and pressure. Shalkam expressed his hope of getting more support from the peace-loving countries in international circles to accelerate the final and complete lifting of the sanctions that were imposed on Libya, which negatively affected the Libyan people's development and progress.
Statistics issued by union of Arab banks stated that the net profits of the Arab banking sector during 1999 reached nearly $8.3 billion, up from $7.5 billion in 1998 and $6.8 billion in 1997. The statistics said that total properties of the Arab banks were $55.9 billion in 1999, while they reached $50.8 billion in 1998, adding that the total deposits in the Arab banks reached $363.8 billion, up from $328.6 billion in 1998.
The Japanese Bank for International Cooperation has extended Morocco's water company (ONEP/state-run) a loan worth 5.4 million Yens to finance drinking water projects in rural areas.
Rabat is playing host to the 7th international child music and song festival. The four-day festival that winds up Sunday is meant to promote child art education and art creativity.
The German airline Lufthansa will suspend as of April 1 two of its five weekly flights to Morocco, sources in Berlin said. The two flights will be switched to Libya, the sources said. The move was dictated by financial reasons.
"Egypt urged the United Nations General Assembly to share the Security Council in discussing means of building peace in the entire world," Egypt's permanent delegate to the UN Ahmed Abul-Gheit said on Thursday.
A French-Spanish holding, led by French Alstom Hydraulique, won a tender to build an electric 450 megawatts power station in the region of Beni Mellal, central Morocco. The power station will cost $ 135 million, a statement by the national power company (ONE) said.
Israeli political sources said on Friday that the UN Security Council will discuss shortly the future of the UN forces in south Lebanon following the decision taken by Israel to fully withdraw from south Lebanon on a date not to exceed July.
Morocco's Younes Al-Aynaoui (World N 16) was squeezed out at the first round of the $5.72 million Ericsson Open tennis tournament in Miami on Friday. Al-Aynaoui was defeated by Byron Black of Zimbabwe in two sets to one: 3-6, 6-1, 1-6.
A training session on "preparation and assessment of agricultural projects in Africa" will be held in the Moroccan northern city of Tangier April 3-21. The training will focus on means to develop competencies in agricultural projects management, seek solutions to problems of financing, information and marketing of agricultural products and exchange points of views and experiences on the systems of management of agricultural projects in African countries.