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Jordanian King opens the economic zone in al-Aqaba
a celebration was held on Thursday by launching the special economic zone in al-Aqaba, attended by some 200 Arab and foreign businessmen, diplomats and officials as well as 177 Jordanian economic figures.
Jordan, Economics, 5/18/2001
Syria, Russia sign a protocol on economic, trade and technical co-operation
The Protocol stated consolidation of fields of cooperation between Russia and Syria in the cultural, trade, scientific, technical, economic, energy water projects, irrigation, land reclamation, oil industry and gas and transport areas.
Syria-Russia, Economics, 5/18/2001
Al-Khartoum voices backing to Iraq
The Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has renewed the stand of the Sudanese people in support of the Iraqis against the sanctions imposed on it.
Sudan-Iraq, Politics, 5/18/2001
New Israeli incursion in Khan Younis, 20 wounded
Some 20 Palestinians were wounded by the Israeli bullets and shells of tanks and rockets.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 5/18/2001
Israel expands military moves in south Lebanon, warplanes violate airspace
The Lebanese occupied Shebaa farms are witnessing military moves between various military positions of the Israeli occupation forces under intensive flying of the Israeli helicopters.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 5/18/2001
Yemen intends to join the Gulf Cooperation Council states
The Yemeni foreign minister Abdullah al-Sayedi has stated that his country will join the membership of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). He described this council as the proper and healthy environment for Yemen, denying simultaneously any reservations in certain countries of the GCC to this effect.
Yemen-Gulf, Politics, 5/18/2001
Saudi Arabia: illegal activities behind recent explosions in the Kingdom
The Saudi deputy minister of the Interior prince Ahmad Bin Abdul Aziz has announced that settling disputes between persons involved in illegal activities in Saudi Arabia were behind the series of explosions that targeted foreign residents in the Kingdom.
Saudi Arabia, Local, 5/18/2001
Morocco has a key role to play for African renaissance, diplomat
Morocco has a key role to play in the Renaissance of the African continent, new South African ambassador to Morocco, Mthuthuzeli Mpehle, Wednesday said.
Morocco-Regional, Politics, 5/18/2001
Arab calls for urgent meetings for the UN Security Council
During the special meeting of the Arab League Council, the Arab ambassadors agreed to assign the secretary general to immediately contact with the Arab foreign ministers and to form a ministerial committee including the foreign ministers of Jordan, Qatar, Russia and Palestine to hold a tour on several world capitals
Regional-Palestine, Politics, 5/18/2001
Moroccan parties call for international emergency moves to denounce Israel, back Palestinians
Four Moroccan parties have called for emergency initiatives at the international scale and at the level of the Organization of Islamic Organization and the Arab League to condemn the Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people.
Morocco-Palestine, Politics, 5/18/2001
Moroccan Sahrawi women stage demonstration against pro-Polisario meeting in Brussels
A group of Moroccan Sahrawi women, member of the Sahrawi-Moroccan solidarity association of Europe (ASSME), have staged a demonstration in Brussel Thursday to protest the holding of a pro-polisario meeting on Sahrawi women.
Morocco, Politics, 5/18/2001
A leadership workshop for women in social service organizations
Under the Sponsorship of Baria Qoudsi Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, the US embassy in Damascus on May 17 inaugurated a " leadership Workshop for Women in Social Service Organizations" held at Burj al-Fardous Hotel in Damascus.
Syria, Culture, 5/18/2001
Al-Mahdi: the Egyptian- Libya initiative is the best to settle the crisis
Leader of the opposition Sudanese nation's party al-Sadeq al-Mahdi has called for the revitalization of the Egyptian- Libyan initiative after its amendment.
Sudan, Politics, 5/18/2001
Algeria approves the foundation of the African parliament
Algeria on Wednesday ratified a protocol which provides for the foundation of an African parliament and therefore to be the third member in the African Unity Organization that approves this protocol after Namibia and Mali.
Algeria-Regional, Politics, 5/18/2001
Speaker of Hungarian parliament in Morocco
Speaker of the Hungarian parliament, Oser Janos, is currently visiting Morocco for talks with Moroccan officials and members of parliament on means to enhance cooperation between the two countries.
Morocco-Hungary, Politics, 5/18/2001
Moroccan-Portuguese interior ministers give momentum to cooperation
The two sides agreed to draft an accord on residence permits on the basis of reciprocity and the entente marking relations between the two countries. The accord will be initialed in the course of the current year.
Morocco-Portugal, Politics, 5/18/2001
Morocco denies contacts with Spain over fisheries
Morocco on Wednesday denied any contacts with Spain over the possibility to resume negotiations on fisheries cooperation.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 5/18/2001
World Bank calls for new compact to fight global poverty
James D. Wolfensohn: Now, we must show that we also have the commitment to make globalization work for all. It is time to forge a new compact between rich and poor countries, in which each does their part. It is time to recognize that we sink or swim together.
Regional, Economics, 5/18/2001
Malaysia Wants UN Peacekeepers in Palestine
Malaysia wants the international community, through the United Nations, to initiate action to station peacekeeping troops in Palestine
Palestine-Malaysia, Politics, 5/18/2001
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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday made a telephone call with President Emil Lahoud of Lebanon during which they reviewed latest developments in the region, current contacts regarding them as well as bilateral relations between the two states.
Libyan President Muammar al-Qaddafi has discussed with the Cuban President Fidel Castro in Tripoli on Thursday issues of mutual concern. The two Presidents stressed the need to found an African and Latin American groups for cooperation in the service of world peace and security.
The Syrian minister of defense Lt. Gen. Mustafa Tlass on Thursday received the Pakistani military delegation led by air force commander Shahed Hameed. The Pakistani ambassador to damascus attended the meeting.
The visit Morocco's King Mohammed VI will pay to Senegal will give an impetus to relations between Rabat and Dakar, Hassan Aourid, Official Spokesman of the Royal Palace said. King Mohammed VI will start on May 22 an official visit to Senegal at the invitation of President Wade.
Morocco's King Mohammed received in Agadir Thursday, Abderrahim Harouchi, activist of the NGO Afak. Harouchi, a former health minister, presented to the king copies of his latest books on pedagogy and practical surgery.
A delegation of Polish businessmen will visit Morocco as of May 29 to discuss partnership possibilities with Moroccan peers. The delegation will include operators in the realms of plastic industry, equipment and machinery, mining, port industry, house appliances, power industry and others.
The Moroccan customs authorities seized Wednesday two tons of cannabis extract, locally known as chira. The banned substance was discovered in a routine inspection. Four drug dealers were arrested in connection of the find. They admitted being part of a specialized gang and that the drug was destined to Spain.