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Al-Assad confers with Annan
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday at the Damascus al-Shaab palace received the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.
Syria-Regional, Politics, 6/15/2001
Syrian redeployment in Lebanon
Syria on Thursday resumed the process of redeployment of its forces in Lebanon, a step already started last spring.
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 6/15/2001
NDP sweeps pallid poll
A total of 17 candidates from the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) and 22 independents contested Tuesday's run-off elections for 16 Shura Council seats. The council is a consultative body with no legislative powers.
Egypt, Politics, 6/15/2001
Jordan prevents Ghoushe from entering Jordan
The Jordanian authorities on Thursday prevented the official spokesman for the Islamic resistance movement ( Hamas) Ibrahim Ghoushe from entering the country upon his sudden arrival at Amman's airport coming from Doha (Qatar), where he was deported to in 1999 together with other three officials at the said movement.
Jordan, Politics, 6/15/2001
Some 12 Palestinian groups announced refusal for the American paper
The Palestinian Islamic and national forces on Wednesday refused the American paper proposed by the director of the US CIA George Tenet to halt what is called cease- fire between israel and the Palestinian Authority and stressed commitment to the continued Intifada and resistance.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 6/15/2001
Moroccan parliament calls international community to shoulder responsibility in 'Israeli slaughters'
Radi, who described Israel's acts as war crimes, said the international community must shoulder its responsibility in protecting the Palestinian people in line with the principles of the Geneva fourth convention that provides for the protection of civilians in time of war.
Morocco-Palestine, Politics, 6/15/2001
Maher: the Arab states will discuss al-Qaddafi thoughts concerning Israel
Egypt's foreign minister Ahmad Maher said on Wednesday in Cairo that the "Arab foreign ministers decided to assign the permanent representatives at the Arab League to continue discussion on thoughts " of Libyan President Muammar al-Qaddafi he debated at the recent Amman's summit by the end of March this year.
Egypt-Libya, Politics, 6/15/2001
Arab League calls for halting intervention in Sudan's affairs
The Arab League (AL) on Thursday has called in conclusion of a meeting for its permanent representatives in the presence of the Sudanese foreign minister Mustafa Othman Ismael " all regional and international sides to abstain from interventions which will obstruct efforts aiming at achieving peace and national unity in Sudan."
Sudan-Regional, Politics, 6/15/2001
Turkish- Syrian relations are in their best
Well-informed Turkish diplomatic sources in Damascus said that Turkey considers its current relations with Syria in their best more than any time before, adding that the prospects of cooperation between the two countries can be developed into wider prospects.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 6/15/2001
Mubarak receives message from Bashir
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak received early Wednesday a message from Sudanese President Omar El-Bashir on the latest developments in Sudan. The message was conveyed by Sudanese Foreign Minister Mostafa Othman during a meeting with President Mubarak on Wednesday.
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 6/15/2001
Three Palestinians, two Israelis killed in confrontations in the Palestinian territories
Three Palestinians were killed on Thursday by the Israeli bullets and many others were wounded in the confrontation with the Israeli forces in the West Bank and Gaza. Also killed in the confrontation were two Israelis, one is a senior army officer and many others wounded.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 6/15/2001
Political, security tracks inseparable
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher Wednesday underlined Egypt's position supporting moving on with the security and political talks to realise security and calm in the Middle East region.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 6/15/2001
Israel continues its provocation in South Lebanon
The Israeli occupation forces positioned in Shebaa farms opened its heavy artillery fires at the surrounding of Shebaa and Kafer Shouba towns in south Lebanon.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 6/15/2001
Moroccan, Spanish home ministers meet in Valencia
The two ministers surveyed the problems of concern to the two countries, in the frame of normal consultations between the interior departments, and voiced satisfaction over the understanding prevailing between these departments.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 6/15/2001
Mubarak attends Mediamen Day celebrations, opens new projects
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Wednesday evening attended Egyptian media celebration of the 18th Media Day, which was held by the Ministry of Information at Media Production City at the Sixth of October City.
Egypt, Local, 6/15/2001
Israel prevents an African delegation from visiting Jerusalem
The Israeli authorities on Thursday prevented a delegation from South Africa from heading to Jerusalem to visit al-Aqsa Mosque, according to sources in Amman.
Regional-Israel, Politics, 6/15/2001
Egyptian journalists refuse normalization
The Egyptian journalists Union on Thursday announced " categorical rejection for normalization with Israel until the return back of the usurped Palestinian rights" and called upon all colleagues ( journalists) to abide by its resolutions which ban normalization with Israel.
Egypt-Israel, Politics, 6/15/2001
Moroccan association calls for boycott of Israeli products
Secretary general of the Moroccan association of support to the Palestinian struggle, Khaled Sefiani, called on Wednesday for the boycott of Israeli products.
Morocco-Palestine, Politics, 6/15/2001
European Union official visits Morocco on Monday
The source says Patten will propose a technical assistance to support the recent agreement between Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan for a close economic integration. The commission sees this agreement as likely to give a new impetus to the Barcelona process.
Morocco-European Union, Politics, 6/15/2001
UN sets up emergency response team to help displaced Sudanese
The United Nations announced Thursday the setting up of a new emergency response team in Sudan to support government efforts to help tens of thousands of displaced civilians fleeing fighting in the western Bahr el Ghazal State.
Sudan, Politics, 6/15/2001
Belgium to finance Moroccan project to fight child labor
Belgium will finance a program to fight child labor, by granting micro-loans to parents who renounce making their children work and send them to school instead, a Belgian official said.
Morocco-Belgium, Economics, 6/15/2001
Prince Moulay Rachid attends marriage of Libyan leader's son
Morocco's Prince Moulay Rachid, younger brother of King Mohammed VI, on Thursday paid a short visit to Tripoli where he attended the marriage ceremony of the Libyan leaders' son Saadi Mouammar Kadhafi.
Libya-Morocco, Local, 6/15/2001
Foreign investment hits $1650 billion
"The government will only borrow money for projects with certain success and feasibility, and the loan should have a grant not less than 40 per cent," said Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Ahmed Al-Darsh.
Egypt, Economics, 6/15/2001
Morocco's growth rate forecast decreased to 5 or 6% due to drought
Drought, which has affected 90% of Moroccan territory, has forced Morocco to revise its growth rate forecast downwards, from an expected 8% to a rate ranging between 5 and 6%.
Morocco, Economics, 6/15/2001
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Morocco's King Mohammed VI received Thursday afternoon in the royal palace in Agadir Gabon's minister of national defense, Ali Bongo.
Morocco's King Mohammed VI received Friday at the royal palace in Agadir (south) Togo's minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Koffi Panou. Moroccan minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Mohamed Benaissa, attended the audience.
Morocco's airports authority (ONDA) will participate in the construction of a new international airport in Dakar.
Moroccan exports of textile and leather items reached up to end April 2001 some 9.8 billion DH (US$ 89.09 million), which is an increase of 8.3% compared to the same period of last year. Figures released by the exchange office, the increase was mainly noted in ready-to-wear garments which exports progressed by 7.8%, while hosiery items increased by 2.1%.