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Mubarak, Zemin agree to bolster transfer of Chinese know-how to Egypt
President Hosni Mubarak met Chinese President Jiang Zemin Yesterday at Ras el -Tin palace in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria and discussed Middle East peace and economic cooperation.
Egypt-China, Politics, 4/18/2000
Canadian premier talks in Damascus
Syrian Prime Minister Muhammad Mustafa Miro and his Canadian counterpart, Jean Chretien, started their talks on Monday evening in Damascus.
Syria-Canada, Politics, 4/18/2000
Yemeni president arrives in Tehran
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh arrived in Tehran on Monday leading a high-ranking delegation on an official visit to Iran which will last for three days.
Yemen-Iran, Politics, 4/18/2000
Koutla parties say Sahara dossier closed and shelved
Morocco, Politics, 4/18/2000
Moroccan - Tunisian joint maritime commission meets in Tunis
The Moroccan - Tunisian joint maritime commission is currently convening in Tunis to finalize a cooperation agreement on sea transport.
Tunisia-Morocco, Economics, 4/18/2000
Moussa meets U.S Congressman Bill Archer on cooperation
Egypt-USA, Economics, 4/18/2000
Syrians in the Golan observe evacuation day by staging general strike
The Syrian citizens in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights on Monday shared celebrations with their people in Syria on the occasion of the 54th anniversary of the Evacuation Day.
Syria, Politics, 4/18/2000
UN human rights committee for Israel's withdrawal from the Golan
The UN Human Rights Committee, in a draft bill approved by a great majority on Monday, called on Israel to withdraw out of the occupied Syrian Golan Heights and to cancel all decisions Israel had made to annex the Golan.
Syria-Israel-UN, Politics, 4/18/2000
Moroccan minister holds talks with WB, IMF officials
During his stay in Washington where he took part in the World Bank-International Monetary Fund spring session this Apr.16-17, Moroccan Finance and Economy Minister Fathallah Oualalou held a series of meetings with top World Bank officials, including James Wolfensohn, president of the WB group.
Morocco-World Bank, Economics, 4/18/2000
Morocco stresses need to secure developing countries' interests in multilateral trade
Moroccan Economy and Finance Minister Fathallah Oualalou told Monday the 61st session of the development committee held in parallel to the World Bank-International Monetary Fund spring session, the international community ought to secure developing countries' interests in the new multilateral trade system.
Morocco-International, Economics, 4/18/2000
King Mohammed to tour drought-stricken regions
King Mohammed VI will start this Tuesday a tour to drought-stricken provinces to dedicate projects meant to curb down effects of the rainfall shortage.
Morocco, Economics, 4/18/2000
Romanian - Egyptian discussions today
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa is convening today with Romanian Foreign Minister Petre Roman, who arrived in Cairo yesterday for a three-day visit.
Egypt-Romania, Politics, 4/18/2000
Gaddafi confers with African counterpart
Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gaddafi on Sunday evening discussed bilateral relations as well as several issues of mutual concern with the President of Sao Tome and Principe, Miguel Trovoada, in the Libyan city of Syrte.
Libya-Sao Tome and Principe, Politics, 4/18/2000
Lahoud: peace cannot be achieved by isolating Lebanon and Syria
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud stressed today that Lebanon has achieved, with the help of the unity of its people, resistance and army as well as Arab support, a definite victory over the Israeli enemy, whereby Lebanon has forced the Israeli leaders to propose dates for withdrawing from Lebanese territories
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 4/18/2000
German diplomatic delegation in Cairo on Thursday
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa is to receive on Thursday Michael Steiner, the political advisor of German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who is to arrive in Cairo on the same day.
Egypt-Germany, Politics, 4/18/2000
Morocco seeks more Canadian private investments
Morocco wants more Canadian private investment because Moroccan- Canadian cooperation has broken new ground by developing new instruments between private sectors of the two countries, said Moroccan Economic Forecasts and Planning Minister Abdelhamid Aouad.
Morocco-Canada, Economics, 4/18/2000
Syria celebrates national day
Marking the Evacuation Day's (independence) 54th anniversary, a large central rally was held in Damascus on Monday under the patronage of Syrian President Hafez al-Assad. Acting on behalf of President al-Assad, the rally was attended by Vice President Muhammad Zuheir Masharqa.
Syria, Politics, 4/18/2000
Iran will shortly release some 2,000 Iraqi prisoners, paper
An Iraqi paper said on Monday that Iran will shortly release 2,000 of its Iraqi prisoners of war.
Iraq-Iran, Politics, 4/18/2000
Syrian - Lebanese symposium on informatics
Under the patronage of Bashar al-Assad, chairman of the Syrian informatics society, the Syrian- Lebanese symposium on informatics will be held in Damascus and Beirut on April 25 through 28. It is organized by the Syrian informatics society and the Lebanese gathering for informatics.
Syria-Lebanon, Economics, 4/18/2000
Jordanian king opens SOFEX 2000 fair
King Abdullah II of Jordan on Monday in Amman opened the special operations exposition Sophex 2000, which was held at King Abdullah Air Base. A large number of local and foreign companies took part in the exposition.
Jordan-Regional, Business, 4/18/2000
Kuwaiti official visits Tehran
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi met on Monday in Tehran with the special advisor for the Kuwaiti crown prince and prime minister, Sheikh Nasser Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, in the framework of the Kuwaiti advisor's official visit to Iran.
Kuwait-Iran, Politics, 4/18/2000
Suzanne Mubarak inspects works at Library of Alexandria
Egypt's First Lady Suzanne Mubarak, Chairperson of the Honorary Committee on Resurrecting Alexandria Library, inspected works at the Library of Alexandria, a historical, scientific and cultural center.
Egypt, Culture, 4/18/2000
Some 5,000 persons illegally practice dental surgery
Some 5,000 persons are illegally practicing dental surgery nationwide in Morocco, according to estimates of the dental surgeons association.
Morocco, Health, 4/18/2000
Fighting erupts among Somali factions
Some 13 persons were killed, including several militia members, on Saturday and Sunday and another 20 were wounded in fighting that erupted between two factions from one tribe in southern Somalia.
Somalia, Local, 4/18/2000
US military official on regional visit
The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Henry H. Shelton, is visiting Egypt today, where he is to meet with his counterpart, Lieutenant General Magdy Anwar Hatata, chief of Staff, and Defense Minister Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi. Shelton will meet separately with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Regional-USA, Politics, 4/18/2000
US hotel chain opens branch in Casablanca
The US hotel chain Marriot International, Inc. has opened a representation in Casablanca.
Morocco-USA, Business, 4/18/2000
Japan loans Morocco $70 million for two projects
The Japanese government has given its agreement for a $70 million loan to carry out two major projects in Morocco, said Japan's ambassador to Morocco, Hiromi Sato.
Morocco-Japan, Economics, 4/18/2000
Assiut celebrates its National Day
Assiut Governorate, lying about 370 kilometers south of Cairo, is one of the oldest cradles of human civilization.
Egypt, Culture, 4/18/2000
Levy accuses Syria of not being ready for peace
Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy asserted that Syria is not yet ready for peace, accusing it of wanting Israel to remain in Lebanon for good
Syria-Israel, Politics, 4/18/2000
Israeli military escalation in south lebanon
Israeli occupation forces escalated the situation in south Lebanon and west Beqa today, whereby Israeli warplanes raided consecutively Al-Malloula valley, the area situated between Al-Sawaneh and Khirbet Selm, as well as Al-Qaysieh Valley.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 4/18/2000
Activities in commemoration of Qana massacre today
Solidarity functions, activities and visits were paid today to the tombs of the Qana massacre victims, in commemoration of the 18th of April, and the 4th anniversary of the Qana massacre, committed by Israel in the year 1996.
Lebanon, Culture, 4/18/2000
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The Saudi Cabinet decided in its session yesterday headed by King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz decided to assign Prince Nayef Bin Abdul Aziz, minister of the interior, to hold talks with Iran to reach an agreement for security cooperation between the two countries. Saudi Information Minister Foad Abd El-Salam El-Faresi said the Cabinet assigned Prince Nayef to hold these talks with Iran and to sign an agreement then raise the results to the Cabinet to resume the systematic procedures.
Egyptian exports increased by $278 million (950 million LE) during the second quarter of the current fiscal year. Statistics issued by the Egyptian central bank assured that the value of the exports reached $1.597 billion during the second quarter in comparison to $1.305 billion during the first quarter of this year. They showed that the USA occupied the first position on the list of the countries importing from Egypt, followed by the European Union.
The percentage of Tunisian exports to the African countries increased by 18.6% during 1999 as Tunis exported 484.73 Tunisian dinars in comparison to 409.161 million dinars in 1998-- an increase of 75.51 million dinars. Statistics issued by the Tunisian National Institute for Statistics said that Libya filled the first position on the list of importing countries with 286.505 million dinars, 59.1% of the total value of Tunisian exports to Africa, followed by Algeria, Morocco and Egypt.
The Sudanese organization for human rights reported violations of human rights in Sudan that included persecution and harassment during the last year, and detention of the political opposition the under items of the criminal law of 1991, the press and printing law and the public security law as some of them were presented to the courts.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak assured on the necessity that lands of the intended Palestinian state must have no Israeli barriers (ie must be contiguous), adding in an interview with Israeli television that was shown last night that he does not want the Palestinian entity to exist in the form of a state to be under expanded self-rule or protection, and that he supports a complete separation between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, saying that the Arab villages located on Jerusalem's borders could be a part of the Palestinian entity, but he renewed his refusal to present any concessions concerning East Jerusalem, which Israel occupied in the war of 1967.
Lebanese security sources said today that the Israeli bombardment against Majdal Zoune town in South Lebanon resulted in killing a Syrian worker while his brother was wounded.
Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs Habib Ben Yahia is paying a two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates, during which he is to head his country's delegation to the joint UAE- Tunisian committee and to discuss bilateral cooperation between the two states, especially investment in the field of tourism.
The board of directors of the Kuwaiti Fund for Economic Development agreed to present loans of $20 million to help finance railways stations, yet the statement issued by the fund's management did not mention any details like the period of payment or form of the loan.
Sheikh Abdullah al-Ahmar, head of the Yemeni deputies council, denied any agreement with the USA concerning his country's consent to allow Israelis to visit it, assuring the complete Yemeni opposition to any normalization step with Israel. He depicted the Israeli tourists' visits to his country recently as suspicious, even if they were under cover of the tourists being of Yemeni origin.
Riyak Mashar, head of the Sudanese Public Democratic Front and former Sudanese vice president, expressed his support for the Egyptian initiative concerning ending the armed conflict in Sudan.
Moroccan tennisman Karim Alami qualified Tuesday for the second round of Monte Carlo's international tennis tournament, ousting Sweden's Thomas Johansson (6-2, 6-4).
World Bank chairman James Wolfensohn will undertake a visit to Morocco end of this month, members of the Moroccan delegation to the spring IFIS meetings disclosed.
Jordanian Minister of Education Izzat Jaradat yesterday began a visit to Yemen, during which he will meet with Yemeni Education Ministry officials to discuss cooperation in education and bilateral relations, the Yemeni news agency, Saba, reported.
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan yesterday issued a statement saying that he had received a letter from the Israeli UN representative dated April 16 and formally notifying Annan of its decision to withdraw from Lebanon by July "in full accordance with Security Council resolutions 425 and 426 (1978)" and in cooperation with the UN.
The Algerian Sonatrach oil company and the US Amerada Hess signed two contracts for sharing output, calling for $550 million in investments from Amerada Hess including $55 million import duty to increase crude oil recovery and reserves over 25 years and for $28.5 million for hydrocarbon research and exploitation over five years, Algerian News Agency reported.
Kuwaiti Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Suleiman Majid al-Shahin has stated that Kuwait is committed to providing political and financial backing to Lebanon in support of its struggle to implement UN Security Council resolution 425 and achieve Israel's complete withdrawal from south Lebanon.
Economic talks between Algeria and the Czech Republic started in Algiers on Monday between Algerian Minister of Industry and Restructuring Abdelmajid Menasra and Czech Minister of Industry and Trade Miroslav Gregr who arrived in Algiers on Sunday in a visit which will last for three days.
Jordanian King Abdullah II postponed a visit he was due to hold to Gaza yesterday to meet with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat. Israeli Radio stated that King Abdullah will visit Gaza after Arafat's return from Washington.
Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien will hold an official visit to Saudi Arabia starting today which will last for two days in the framework of his current tour of the Middle East.
Indonesia's foreign minister, Alwi Abdurrahman Shihab, who arrive on Monday in Kuwait, will hold talks with high ranking Kuwaiti officials on bilateral relations and means of strengthening and developing them.
It was announced in Amman on Monday that Jordan's King Abdullah II will visit Israel on April 23 in his first visit to Israel. Monte Carlo radio's correspondent in Amman said that King Abdullah will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and with several Israeli officials in order to discuss with them the developments of the peace process in the region.