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US$ 1.7 billion deal for unemployment; house cleaning continues
The deputy director general of the Damascus International fair Ali Abdul Majid al-Hou was arrested on Monday while a warrant of arrest was released against the Fair's financial director, in the framework of the corruption fighting campaign in Syria.
Syria, Politics, 7/4/2000
King Mohammed makes surprise visit to Tangiers hospital
Morocco's King Mohammed VI on Monday made a surprise visit to the Mohammed V hospital in Tangiers.
Morocco, Local, 7/4/2000
Syrian prime minister meets with Iraqi minister
Syrian Prime Minister Muhammad Mustafa Miro on Monday in damascus received Iraq's minister of trade Muhammad Mahdi Saleh and members of the accompanying delegation.
Syria-Iraq, Politics, 7/4/2000
Queen Rania begins a visit to Iran today
Queen Rania, wife of Jordan's King Abdullah II, is visiting Iran today, which speaks of the improvement in Jordanian - Iranian relations. The visits last for two days.
Jordan-Iran, Politics, 7/4/2000
Mubarak probes Egypt-EU partnership draft agreement
Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak Tuesday said Egypt is capable of modernising a national programme to counter the dangers imposed by the global economy.
Egypt, Economics, 7/4/2000
Libya leader supports trans-saharan railway project
Libyan President Moammar Kadhafi has reiterated the importance of the proposed Trans-Saharan railway line, saying it would facilitate the movement of peoples and goods between countries bordering the Sahara desert.
Libya-Niger, Politics, 7/4/2000
Libyan foreign minister visits Korea on coming Saturday
Diplomatic sources in the Libyan foreign ministry said that foreign minister Abd El-Rahman Shalkam is due to begin on Saturday a visit to South and North Korea for a week to hold talks to enhance bilateral relations between Libya and the two Koreas.
Libya-South Korea, Politics, 7/4/2000
Moussa meets with businessmen
Egypt's Foreign Minister Amr Moussa held a meeting in Cairo Monday with 70 businessmen who will accompany him on July 17, on a four-day tour that would take him to south Africa and Switzerland.
Egypt, Economics, 7/4/2000
Egypt's exports up by 12% in 9 months
From now on, Egyptian importers will have to deal with only one authority in order to finalize their export documents. "The Ministry has gathered all monitoring and security authorities under one umbrella," said Ghali.
Egypt, Economics, 7/4/2000
Egypt and Libya criticize Ethiopian president's remarks on Sudan
Egypt and Libya criticized the declarations of the Ethiopian President Ngaso Gidada in which he said that "Ethiopia is still committed to supporting the peace initiative of the governmental organization for development I.G.A.D which aims at gathering the Sudanese government and the public movement around the negotiation table."
Sudan, Politics, 7/4/2000
Palestinian Central Council ratifies date of state declaration
The Palestinian Central Council ratified a plan concerning declaring the Palestinian country on 13th of September regardless of whether or not a final peace agreement is reached with Israel.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 7/4/2000
Moroccan security forces arrest 7 members in the justice association
The Moroccan security forces arrested 7 extremists, members of the benevolence and justice association, the day before yesterday in Mahdia area north Rabat and were brought before the prosecutor for the investigation.
Morocco, Politics, 7/4/2000
Saudi- Kuwaiti joint statement on bilateral cooperation
Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have underlined the importance of cooperation and solidarity among the Arab and Islamic states and to strengthen the march of cooperation and integration among the Gulf Cooperation Council GCC member states so as to serves the GCC peoples and strengthening security and stability in the region.
Saudi Arabia-Kuwait, Politics, 7/4/2000
Algeria called to stop interfering in Moroccan sahara issue
The Secretary-General of the Istiqlal Party (PI, in government) has called on Algeria to stop interfering in the Moroccan Sahara issue.
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 7/4/2000
Establishing 6 new petroleum refinery in Iraq
Amer Rashid the Iraqi petroleum minister assured that Iraq is establishing 6 small petroleum refineries, the first of which is to begin later in the current month.
Iraq, Economics, 7/4/2000
Omani trade minister begins last tour negotiations with WTO
Makboul Ali Soltan, the Omani trade and industry minister is due to head to Geneva on Thursday leading an Omani delegation. This will be the last negotiations tour with the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Oman, Politics, 7/4/2000
Morocco undertakes ambitious rural women promotion project
Morocco is undertaking an ambitious program for the promotion of rural women in the central region of Marrakesh (Haouz), for a total cost of $ 420,000.
Morocco, Economics, 7/4/2000
Sudanese democratic national alliance meets tomorrow in Cairo
The opposition Sudanese Democratic National Alliance is convening tomorrow in Cairo under the chairmanship of Mohammed Ossaman El-Mergany.
Sudan-Egypt, Politics, 7/4/2000
Moroccan - US talks in Rabat
Ways to consolidate ties between Morocco and the United States topped talks held in Rabat Monday between Moroccan foreign affairs and cooperation minister, Mohammed Benaissa, and visiting US deputy assistant secretary for Near East affairs, Allen Lee Keisswetter.
Morocco-USA, Politics, 7/4/2000
Princess Lalla Hasna launches environment projects in Safi
Princess Lalla Hasna, sister of Morocco's King Mohammed VI, on Monday launched two environment projects in the coastal city of Safi, 350 km south of Rabat.
Morocco, Environment, 7/4/2000
Morocco, USAID sign agreement on rural girls schooling
Morocco and the Unites States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed in Rabat on Monday the fifth addendum to the agreement under which the US finances basic education programs for girls in rural areas.
Morocco, Education, 7/4/2000
Islamists in Algeria denounce visit of independent Algerian journalists to Israel
Algerian journalists who arrived back from Israel on Monday were received at the airport of the capital Algiers by slogan accusing them of " treason." The slogans were made by Islamists demonstrators.
Algeria-Israel, Politics, 7/4/2000
GCC secretary commends Saudi- Kuwaiti agreement
The secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council GCC Sheikh Jamil al-Hujeilan has expressed his satisfaction and happiness over the agreement signed on Sunday between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait over dividing the area adjoining their joint borders which is rich in oil.
Saudi Arabia-Kuwait, Politics, 7/4/2000
Turkish official visits israel
The Turkish daily "Daily News " said on Monday that the secretary of the Turkish foreign ministry Farouk Lorg Oglo who on Monday started a two-day official visit to Tel Aviv will discuss with the Israeli officials developments in the region.
Israel-Turkey, Politics, 7/4/2000
Very hot weather in Jordan
A very hot wave coming from the Indian peninsula hit Jordan as the temperature increased 7 degrees centigrade above the average for this month.
Jordan, Local, 7/4/2000
Report: Poisonous pollution in Israel
The British daily the Independent spoke about the dangers of pollution in Israel resulting from poisonous waste resulted from chemical and nuclear factories, especially near residential aggregations and setlements in the south, Haifa and Tel Aviv.
Israel, Politics, 7/4/2000
About 10% of Moroccan couples suffer from infertility
About 10% of Moroccan couples suffer from infertility problems and a person out of ten has difficulties to have a child, a release of the Moroccan medical information association said.
Morocco, Health, 7/4/2000
US aid for Israel if it abrogates planes deal with China
The Israeli daily Haartez issued on Monday said that the US will offer Israel financial and military aids against abrogating the Phalcon airborne radar system deal with China.
Israel-China, Politics, 7/4/2000
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The director general of the Jordanian general custom department Khaled al-Wazni stressed that the inauguration of the free zone between Jordan and Syria falls in the course of regional Arab cooperation in preparation to establish the greater Arab free trade zone which will have together all Arab states.
The Iraqi embassy in Abu Dhabi was officially reopened following a ten-year closure. The Iraqi charge de affairs Hamoudi Ahmad submitted his credentials on June 24 as Iraq's charge de affairs to the United Arab Emirates.
Deputy chairman of the Palestinian central council Teiseir Qubaa said that there is a unanimous Palestinian consent inside and outside Palestine to the need of establishing a Palestinian state on the territories occupied in 1967, with Jerusalem as a capital as scheduled on September.
Prince Moulay Rachid on Monday called on Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultane Al-Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates. Moulay Rachid returned to Morocco on the same day. King Mohammed VI had paid a short visit to Geneva over the weekend for the same purpose.
Products coming from least developed African countries will be given a 50% abatement on customs duties in Morocco, the Moroccan customs authority announced on Monday.
Speaker of the Egyptian parliament Fatehi Srour stressed in a speech he delivered on Monday before the conference of Parliamentarians federation conference in the Organization of the Islamic Conference OIC the need of "cooperation among the Islamic states in fighting terrorism and taking into account good neighbors and preventing the use of its territories by individuals or groups to commit terrorist acts against the member states." He called on the OIC which includes 56 countries to move in order to convene an international conference to fighting terrorism at the auspices of the UN.
Ruler of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Khaleifa al-Thani on Monday received a message from President of the Republic of Togo pertaining to means of developing co-operation relations between the two countries.
Deputy premier and industry minister of Quebec, Bernard Landry and Canadian international trade minister, Pierre S.Pettigrew are expected in Morocco respectively in September and October.
An Amazigh summer festival will be held this July 6-8 at the initiative of the Youth and Future Association. Culture, handicraft and youth and sports ministries are contributing to the festival that features debates on topics related to the Berber culture, music, poetry and other forms of arts, in addition to concerts by Berber musicians from Morocco, Spain, Algeria, Libya and Mali.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak faced great pressure inside the Israeli Knesset and criticism from members close to him politically, but Barak prevailed in the end Barak and won on a new resolution with majority of 52 votes to 43 to exempt strict Jewish students from performing military service till the age of 23 years.
The spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry Hamid Rida Asifi has stated that his country holds Israel responsible for the safety of its four diplomats who were kidnapped on July 4, 1982 in Lebanon by agents of the " Zionist entity."
Turkey said it is ready to supply Israel with drinking water at a lower price than the cost of desalinated water. Farouk Ossaman, the Turkish deputy foreign minister assured that the water sale has a strategic significance and will be a symbol of the relations between Turkey and Israel.
Three seamen, found guilty of smuggling illegal immigrants to Europe, were sentenced by a Tangier court to jail terms varying between 6 and 18 months.
Chairman of the Israeli Likud party Ariel Sharon on Monday met in Jerusalem with the Indian foreign minister Jakwan Sing, currently visiting Israel.