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Amman's summit supports the Palestinians, halts cooperation with Israel
The Arab leaders on Wednesday ended their two day summit in Amman by voicing strong support for the Palestinian people, calling on the UN Security Council to shoulder responsibility by providing the necessary protection to the Palestinians. The Arab leaders also condemned the US Veto at the UN Security Council that blocked the formation of an international observer force in the occupied territories.
Regional, Politics, 3/29/2001
On the Syrian- Palestinian summit
The Saudi daily al-Watan said on Wednesday that the summit meeting took place between President Bashar al-Assad and the chairman of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat will pave the way for a joint Arab work whose elements have been crystallized, against Israel.
Syria-Palestine, Politics, 3/29/2001
On the Pope's visit to Damascus; common prayer
Church news said that holy Christian- Islamic prayers will be performed by the Pope and the Syria's republic mufti at the courtyard of the Umayyad's mosque
Syria-Vatican, Politics, 3/29/2001
Amr Moussa one of the main architect of the Arab policy against Israel
The Egyptian foreign minister Amr Moussa who was unanimously appointed by the Amman's summit on Wednesday as a secretary general of the Arab League in succession of Ismat Abdul Miguid is considered one of the main architects of the Arab policy towards Israel and the most popular minister in Egypt.
Regional, Politics, 3/29/2001
Arafat to visit Damascus in the mid of April
Palestine-Syria, Politics, 3/29/2001
Jordanian FM: Amman Summit steps forward on joint Arab Action
Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdel Ellah Al-khatib Wednesday said Amman summit marked a step forward in the history of joint Arab action.
Jordan-Regional, Politics, 3/29/2001
Arab summit issues 14 resolutions
The Arab leaders who met in Amman over two days have come up with 14 Resolutions, including the following:
Regional, Politics, 3/29/2001
Moroccan-British talks on administrative reforms
He recalled that the number of civil servants has been cut by half, from 750,000 persons at the beginning of the eighties to about 400,000 at present, while their performance has been improved. He said the spared funds were injected in social sectors such as health and education.
Morocco-UK, Politics, 3/29/2001
Mubarak's US visit comes at significant time
The Administration has not spelt out its position with clear-cut policies on a number of issues of importance to Egypt and the region," he said before leaving for Washington.
Egypt-USA, Politics, 3/29/2001
Moroccan foreign minister tours Arab gulf states
Moroccan minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Mohamed Benaissa, starts this Thursday a tour in Arab Gulf states to reactivate cooperation between Morocco and these states.
Morocco-Gulf, Politics, 3/29/2001
USFP holds 6th congress March 29-31 in Casablanca
The congress to be attended by 1,200 to 1,500 participants is described by the USFP political bureau as "a historic event for the party and an outstanding phase in the history of our country's democratic transition."
Morocco, Politics, 3/29/2001
US vetoes draft resolution on UN mission to protect Palestinian civilians
The United States vetoed on Wednesday a UN Security Council draft resolution proposing the deployment of an international observer force to protect Palestinian civilians.
Palestine-USA, Politics, 3/29/2001
Egyptian-EU final partnership accord to be signed
European union trade commissioner Pascal lamy expected on Sunday that a final Egyptian-EU partnership agreement would be signed within the next weeks.
Egypt-European Union, Economics, 3/29/2001
Morocco, Kuwait to reactivate joint commission
Morocco and Kuwait decided to reactivate the Moroccan-Kuwaiti joint commission and give a new momentum to their economic cooperation.
Morocco-Kuwait, Politics, 3/29/2001
Israeli forces bombards Ramullah, al-Khalil and Nablus, two Palestinian killed, seven Israeli killed or wounded
As confrontation continued between the Palestinians and the Israeli forces and settlers, the US vetoed a decision by the UN Security Council provided for preventing the issuance of a resolution calling for forming a UN observer force to protect the unarmed palestinian people from the aggressive Israeli practices.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 3/29/2001
American conditions to nominate Syria for the UN security council
The al-Watan al-Arabi magazine issued in Paris said in its recent issue that American diplomatic sources said that Washington's support for Syria's nomination to the membership of the UN Security Council will be subjected to political bargaining.
Syria-USA, Politics, 3/29/2001
Morocco, Iraq hold 9th session of joint commission
Baghdad will also host an exhibition of made-in-Morocco food, pharmaceutical, electronic and mechanic products with the participation of 120 Moroccan companies.
Morocco-Iraq, Economics, 3/29/2001
Bush administration attempts to soften conditions of free trade accord for Egypt's interest
Some prominent Congressmen said US President George W. Bush Administration attempts to ease some harsh conditions of the US Egyptian free trade accord.
Egypt-USA, Economics, 3/29/2001
US committee praises Egypt for cooperation on religious freedom
The US committee on religious freedom praised the Egyptian government for its positive cooperation with the committee during its visit to Egypt last week.
Egypt-USA, Politics, 3/29/2001
Arab-American association dismayed by US veto of UN observer force
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), expressed deep dismay at the veto by the United States of a proposal to establish a United Nations observer force in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel.
Regional-USA, Politics, 3/29/2001
Peres to visit Turkey on April 9
An Israeli source in Ankara said on Wednesday that the Israeli foreign minister Shimon Peres will pay his first official visit to Turkey on April 9 and 10 and the visit will deal with concentrate on the development of bilateral relations and the situation in the Middle East.
Israel-Turkey, Politics, 3/29/2001
Spain's local government calls for separate talks over fisheries with Morocco
Agriculture and fisheries minister of the local Spanish government of Andalusia (south), Paulino Plata, called on Tuesday the central government to conduct separate talks with Morocco over fisheries after a series of EU negotiations failed to reach any agreement.
Morocco-Spain, Economics, 3/29/2001
Indonesia to buy spare parts for Hercules C130s from Jordanian firm
Indonesian Defense Minister Mahfud MD said Tuesday the government is negotiating with a Jordanian firm for the purchase of spare parts for its Hercules C130s
Jordan-Indonesia, Economics, 3/29/2001
Pakistan, IAEA agree to cooperate for converting deserts into green land
Pakistan and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have agreed to cooperate on a plan to cultivate salt tolerant crops, trees and fodder grass on the 5,000 acres saline and water-logged land in the country, which will convert the white land (deserts) into green within a few years.
Regional, Environment, 3/29/2001
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The Arab League (AL) council at the summit level has issued a statement at the final session of the summit conference on Wednesday in which it expressed appreciation for the efforts exerted by the UN chief Kofi Annan towards settling disputes, the peaceful means and the establishment of world peace and security.
Kevin Brady, member of the Congress for Houston, asserted that he is ready to sign any letter benefiting Egypt in its fair request for holding a free trade agreement with the United States.
The Palestinian in charge of the " media " at the Palestinian Authority Yasser Abd Rabbu has stated that the development of Syrian- Palestinian relations and the possible coordination in all fields between the two sides does not necessarily mean denouncing the agreements signed between the Palestinian Authority and Israel.
Elizabeth Heinz, the official in charge of legal and commercial aids in the American Commercial Commission, called for separating employment and environment issues from free trade agreements. She asserted that such issues constitute meaningless obstacles, as the conditions of developing countries should be taken into consideration.
36 Afro-American Congressmen presented a request to the American Chamber of Commerce to visit Egypt and discuss the opportunities of cooperation in the commercial, cultural and economic fields. Eva Clayton, member of the Congress, declared that this group of Congressmen adopts all the issues related to Africa in general and they encourage the signing of any free trade agreement with any African country.
First Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Sabbath Al-Ahmed lauded efforts exerted by President Hosni Mubarak for closing Arab ranks. Worth noting is that Mubarak brokered a compromise at the summit on the Iraq-Kuwait statement.
The deficit in the balance of trade has dropped by LE 9.932 billion last year reaching LE 32.416 billion compared to LE 42.249 billion in the corresponding period in 1988. A monthly report by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAMPAS) said Egyptian exports also rose during last year to LE 16,328 billion compared to LE12,050 billion the previous year.
Morocco and China are to sign shortly a cooperation accord on public administration, a statement by the Moroccan ministry of civil service and administrative reform said. The accord will be signed during the visit Moroccan minister of civil service and administrative reform, M'Hamed El Khalifa, it to pay shortly to China at the invitation of his Chinese peer, Zhang Xue Zhong.
Israeli warplanes on Wednesday violated the Lebanese air spaces at 12, noon on Wednesday. Lebanese security sources said the Israeli planes flew at intermediate altitude over the district of Bint Jbeil in South Lebanon and then returned back into Israel.
Some 5 foreign relief workers kidnapped by gunmen in the Somali Capital Makadishu were released on Wednesday morning, yet other four are still held by the kidnappers.