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Syrian premier confers with French industry minister, asks for updating laws
Syrian Prime Minister Muhammad Mustafa Miro received the French minister of oil and industry, Christian Pierret, and members of the accompanying delegation on Wednesday in Damascus.
Syria-France, Politics, 4/13/2000
Egypt, Canada agree to increase bilateral trade
President Mubarak had talks yesterday with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien on ways of expanding bilateral cooperation in the fields of trade, technical cooperation and training.
Egypt-Canada, Economics, 4/13/2000
Morocco, Italy to enhance political consultations
Morocco and Italy have decided to enhance their consultations to give a new momentum to their bilateral cooperation in all areas, under an accord signed here on Wednesday by the two countries' foreign ministers, Mohamed Benaissa and Lamberto Dini.
Morocco-Italy, Politics, 4/13/2000
Canadian PM praises Mubarakšs keenness on economic reform in Egypt
President Hosni Mubarak and Canadian Prime Minister, Jean Chretien yesterday underlined the importance of promoting economic relations between the two countries.
Egypt-Canada, Politics, 4/13/2000
Malta's prime minister starts visit to Libya
Malta's prime minister has asserted that his talks with the Libyan officials will deal with laying the foundation for a closer and better cooperation between the two countries and to discuss the Mediterranean between the countries of the Mediterranean and the European Union.
Libya-Malta, Politics, 4/13/2000
Moussa to hold important talks with Omani foreign minister
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa is due to hold important talks Saturday with the Omani state minister for foreign affairs Yusef bin Alawi who is to arrive at Cairo on Saturday morning for a 3-day visit to Egypt.
Egypt-Oman, Politics, 4/13/2000
Sudanese- Egyptian businessmen council established
Several Sudanese and Egyptian businessmen have decided to launch the first council for businessmen in the two countries in order to serve development objectives in Sudan.
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 4/13/2000
Morocco, Italy sign agriculture cooperation accord
Morocco and Italy concluded Wednesday in Rome a cooperation agreement providing for the exchange of expertise in agricultural matters.
Morocco-Italy, Agriculture, 4/13/2000
Italy pledges to help Morocco succeed in reform undertakings
Italy pledged in Rome Wednesday to help Morocco carry out the political, economic and social reforms it ushered in to modernize the country, liberalize the economy and consolidate the foundations of political democracy.
Morocco-Italy, Politics, 4/13/2000
Italy to swap $100 million Moroccan debt
Italy will swap $100 million debts owed by Morocco, under an accord signed here Wednesday on the occasion of the official visit King Mohammed VI is paying to Italy.
Morocco-Italy, Economics, 4/13/2000
Lebanon refuses Israeli threats
Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss has called on the US Middle East peace process cosponsor not to be trapped by Israel and give up its role in attempting to achieving a just settlement on the Syrian and Lebanese tracks.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 4/13/2000
Syrian FM meets with Spanish counterpart
Spain has criticized the Israeli settlement policy which ignores the principles of a just and comprehensive peace, Madrid terms of reference and the land-for-peace formula.
Syria-Spain, Politics, 4/13/2000
Egypt - Israel talks on power cooperation depend on progress in peace
"Allowing Israel access to the Arab Mashreq electrical grid depends on how much progress it makes in the peace process," said Minister of Electricity Ali El-Saedi.
Egypt-Israel, Politics, 4/13/2000
Sudanese opposition party to elect its political bureau members
Sources from the Sudanese opposition Ummah Party stressed this party started measures to establish a new political bureau composed of 50 members in order to lead the party's work in the coming phase.
Sudan, Politics, 4/13/2000
Barak agrees on giving U.S.A a bigger role in the peace process
One of the Israeli high ranking officials who escorted Ehud Barak the Israeli prime minister to Washington - lately said that Barak agreed on a proposal presented by U.S President Bill Clinton during their meeting in Washington to give the U.S.A a bigger role in mediating in the peace negotiations with the Palestinians.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 4/13/2000
Iran releases 2,000 Iraqi prisoners, increased call to lift sanctions on Iraq
The general secretariat of the international federation for the Arab workers trade union has condemned the continued siege imposed on Iraq and called for halting the British-American aggressions against the Iraqi people.
Iraq-Iran, Politics, 4/13/2000
Bouteflika to visit France in June
French officials who asked not to be identified said on Tuesday that the state visit that Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika intends to make to France is set for June 14- 16 and that French President Jacques Chirac and Premier Lionel Jospin will meet with him.
Algeria-France, Politics, 4/13/2000
Sultan Qaboos to visit Qatar on April 22
Oman-Qatar, Politics, 4/13/2000
Fire opened in Kuwait against an empty Huseineyeh
In an attack, the second in less than one week linked to religious intentions, unidentified persons on Tuesday at dawn opened their fire on a Husseineyeh (a religious place dedicated to the prophet's grandson, al-Hussein) for the Shiites in Kuwait. No human casualties were reported.
Kuwait, Local, 4/13/2000
Fifth international human rights workshop opens in Rabat
The fifth international three-day workshop on national institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights opens in Rabat Thursday under the high patronage of King Mohammed VI.
Morocco-International, Culture, 4/13/2000
The Arabs will not close Israel's nuclear file
Egypt's permanent representative at the UN, Ahmad Abu al-Gheit, has asserted that the Arab states will try at the 6th revision conference of the treaty banning nuclear weapons due to be held in New York on April 24 through May 19 to have Israel referred to as the only country in the region which has not yet joined this treaty and to be asked officially to join it so as to ensure the safety of the region and evacuate it from nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.
Regional, Politics, 4/13/2000
Asking European countries to present support for mine removal
The participants in the international symposium about "mines and its effect on the development" in which governmental international and specialized civil organizations in the mines field, specialists in countries, U.N and its organizations as well as its specialized agencies especially the countries responsible for planting mines to help remove these mines as they cause major problems to development.
Regional, Politics, 4/13/2000
No need to devaluate Morocco's currency, minister
The Moroccan economy and finance minister has ruled out the possibility of devaluating Morocco's currency, the dirham.
Morocco, Economics, 4/13/2000
Arab Financial Institutions End Joint Meetings
The Arab financial institutions wound up Wednesday in Rabat their joint annual meetings with the adoption of annual reports and year 2000 programs of activity.
Regional, Business, 4/13/2000
Amman Hosts Suphex 2000 fair for military equipment
The Suphex 2000 exposition for weapons and military equipment will be opened on April 17 in Amman.
Jordan-International, Business, 4/13/2000
Sudan's oil output up 56 percent to 200,000 barrels
Sudan's oil output has jumped 56 % from 128,000 daily to 200,000 barrels per day, largely from the addition of new productive wells of the Unity and Heglig oil fields in the South and West of the country, respectively.
Sudan, Economics, 4/13/2000
Baker meets Chirac in Paris
The personal envoy of the U.N. secretary-general for the Sahara, James Baker, conferred in Paris on Wednesday with French President Jacques Chirac on new developments in the U.N. settlement plan for the Sahara.
Morocco, Politics, 4/13/2000
French republic ombudsman meets Moroccan speaker
The French republic ombudsman, Bernard Stasi, currently on a two-day-visit to Morocco, held talks in Rabat Wednesday with Senate speaker Mohamed Jalal Essaid.
Morocco-France, Politics, 4/13/2000
Israel continues aggression south Lebanon
The Israeli forces on Wednesday continued their aggressions against areas adjacent to the occupied part of south Lebanon and the western Bekaa. The attacks resulted in damaging several houses of Lebanese civilians and cutoffs in electricity.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 4/13/2000
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Amr Moussa the Egyptian foreign emphasized the necessity of developing the Egyptian - Iranian relations, referring that exchanging the commercial and the economic delegations contribute in resuming the distinguished bilateral relations between Tehran and Cairo just like it used to be in the seventies (i.e before the Islamic resolution).
Egypt's ambassador at Peking Noeman Galal said that the Chinese President Jiang Zemin's second visit to Egypt that is to begin on Monday is considered rare in the history of the Chinese communications internationally, referring that Zemin does not visit any country but once, saying that the Egyptian - Chinese summit in Alexandria will tackle the regional and international positions especially the peace process developments as well as developing the bilateral relations between the two countries. It is worthy to mention that Zemin's first visit to Egypt was in 1996.
Official Israeli sources revealed yesterday that the Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien agreed during his meeting with the Israel Prime Minister Ihud Barak last Sunday - that Canada would receive 15,000 Palestinian refugees in the frame of international efforts to solve the Palestinian refugees problem, yet the Canadian immigration ministress Elinor Caplan negated yesterday declarations of the Israeli officials by saying "they are not true."
The United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Mary Robinson undertakes April 14-16 an three-day official visit to Morocco, a release of the UN information center in Rabat says. During her stay, Robinson will attend the inauguration of the Human Rights Documentation, Information and Training Center, meet members of the human rights advisory council (CCDH) and take part in the closing ceremony Saturday of the fifth international human rights workshop held in Rabat.
Egypt's ambassador in Israel Mohammed Basuini Egypt's asserted that the peace which the Arab states want is only achieved by implementing of the international legitimacy resolution N 242, 338 and 425 and that the Palestinian track is the basis of settlement in the area, assuring the necessity to reach an agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians in mid of coming month to pave for the final settlement in coming September, referring to developments of the Syrian - Israeli track and that there are endeavors for increasing the international forces in south Lebanon to 6000 soldiers for observing the Israeli withdrawal according to resolution N 425 and keeping peace.
The Saudi second deputy premier and defense minister, Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, spoke on Tuesday evening in Riyadh on the telephone with Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani. During the telephone conversation the two men reviewed bilateral relations and means of strengthening them in all fields.
Jordan become members No. 136 in the international trade organization G.A.T.T, where there are only 6 Arab states (the Gulf states) that have not joined the organization yet.
French Defense Minister Alain Richard held talks in Tel Aviv with the Israeli Prime Minister and the Israeli defense minister as well as his deputy. The French embassy in Israel and the French official did not reveal nature of the talks held with the defense minister who arrived at Tel Aviv yesterday, while French sources said that the talks focused on the military side, referring that the minister visited the Israeli jets factories and Wiseman factories and Wiseman corporation for sciences, adding that the meeting tackled the Israeli withdrawal from south.
Informed sources in Israel revealed yesterday that the Israeli President Ezer Weizman intends to retire in the coming fall expecting that he would inform the Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and head of the Knesset with his decision.
The Sudanese authority confiscated yesterday properties of 3 opposition personalities that refused initiatives of ending up the civil war since 17 years.
The Israeli foreign ministry urged the Israeli tourists in a statement yesterday not to go to Yemen unless proper security procedures were taken in this country. A statement that was issued the day after a visit paid by Israelis of Yemeni origin to Yemen warned that tourists were kidnapped in Yemen to become hostages, adding that there are neither diplomatic relations between the two countries nor direct phone calls, saying the terrorism fighting bureau that is affiliated to Ehud Barak and the foreign ministry are recommending the citizens not to visit Yemen till proper security procedures are taken for the Israeli tourists.
Turkish Minister of Agriculture and Village Affairs Husnu Yusuf Gokalp arrived in Amman on Wednesday morning leading a delegation in a visit to Jordan which will last for three days.