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Morocco's King Mohammed heads to Saudi Arabia
Morocco's King Mohammed VI flew this Saturday to Saudi Arabia for a "brotherhood and friendship" visit, first leg of a trip to some Asian countries
Morocco-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 2/2/2002
Sudan thinks seriously of releasing al-Turabi
News reports in Khartoum unveiled that the Sudanese government is seriously thinking of releasing Hassan al-Turabi, the leader of the opposition People's Congress party who was arrested in 2001 following his party's signature of a controversial agreement with the southern rebel movement led by John Garang.
Sudan, Politics, 2/2/2002
Damascus doubts statements by Israeli defense minister on resumption of peace talks
Syria-Israel, Politics, 2/2/2002
Israeli fears of a rebellion inside the Israeli army
The rejection of Israeli soldiers and army officers to perform services in the Palestinian territories have raised the fears of several Israeli leaderships which find in that a grave phenomenon that might lead to a rebellion movement inside the Israeli army, and differences increased between those Israeli army officers and soldiers and the Israeli army chief of Staff Shaoul Mofaz.
Israel-Palestine, Politics, 2/2/2002
Bahrain's crown prince confers with Saudi intelligence chairman
Crown prince and commander general of the defense force in the state of Bahrain Sheikh Salman Bin Hamad al-Khaleifa on Thursday at his residence in New York received the chairman of the general intelligence in Saudi Arabia prince Nawaf Bin Abdul Aziz.
Saudi Arabia-Bahrain, Politics, 2/2/2002
Decrease in number of Muslims from USA to Saudi Arabia
An official source at the Saudi embassy in Washington has unveiled that it seems there is a great recession in the number of Muslims, residents in the US who intend to perform al-Haj rituals for this year.
Saudi Arabia-USA, Economics, 2/2/2002
Israeli party calls for collective expulsion of Palestinians
The Israeli tanks on Friday opened their fire at the houses of the Palestinians in Khan Younis and this resulted in wounding the Palestinian Nabil Makhyer and in heavy damages in three houses, at a time when new racist voices raised in Israel calling for collective expulsion of the Palestinians, known as " transfer" and under the slogan that "transfer will bring peace in."
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 2/2/2002
Mubarak's delegate to Arafat
The Israeli radio said on Friday that Israeli sources in Tel Aviv said that President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt will delegate the chairman of the Egyptian general intelligence Omar Suleiman by the beginning of next week to the chairman of the Palestinians Authority Yasser Arafat.
Egypt-Palestine, Politics, 2/2/2002
European efforts to convene Madrid 2 conference
The London- based al-Hayat daily said in its Friday's issue, quoting European sources said that the European Union is currently studying a proposal states to convene an international conference on the Middle East in which the Palestinian Authority, Israel, Russia, the US, the Arab states and the European Union will take part.
Regional-European Union, Politics, 2/2/2002
Al-Azhar Sheikh, Canterbury bishop sign an agreement on Christian- Islamic dialogue
The chairman of the British Anglican church archbishop of Canterbury and al-Azhar Imam on Wednesday in London signed an agreement aims at developing the dialogue between Muslims and Christians.
Regional, Religion, 2/2/2002
Mrs. Mubarak attends celebrations marking Arab Women's Day in UAE
Mrs. Mubarak said she is proud of her visit to UAE and meeting with Sheikha Fatma who is one of the prominent figures of Arab women action due to her keenness on unifying efforts and deepening Arab relations.
United Arab Emirates-Egypt, Culture, 2/2/2002
Sheikha Fatma Bent Mubarak decorate Princess Lalla Hasna of Morocco
Morocco's Princess Lalla Hasna, youngest sister of King Mohammed VI, was decorated by Emirate's First Lady Sheikha Fatma Bent Mubarak, with the sheikh "Zayed Wissam" in recognition for her outstanding actions in favor of children, environment protection and other fields.
United Arab Emirates-Morocco, Culture, 2/2/2002
Algerian, Venezuelan joint committee
The minutes of meetings of works of the first joint Algerian- Venezuelan committee and the framework agreement which defines bilateral cooperation in the areas of energy, mines, trade, the media and culture were signed in Algiers on Saturday.
Algeria-Venezuela, Economics, 2/2/2002
Moratinos calls for meeting ambitions of Palestinians to build an independent state
The European Union Middle east special envoy Miguel Moratinos has called for meeting the legitimate ambitions of the Palestinian people to building their own independent state.
Palestine-European Union, Politics, 2/2/2002
On Aziz's short visit to Moscow
Iraq-Russia, Politics, 2/2/2002
Schroeder calls on Europe to pressure Arafat
The German Chancellor Schroeder said on Thursday that Europe has to pressure the Palestinian President Yasser Arafat to launch a strong campaign on every one who carries out attacks against Israel.
Palestine-Germany, Politics, 2/2/2002
Palestinians lauds role played by Egypt, Mubarak in Middle East
On statements by Israeli Premier Ariel Sharon that he regretted the Israelis did not kill Arafat in 1982, Erekat said the remarks meant that Sharon was trying to "do it now".
Palestine-Egypt, Politics, 2/2/2002
Hizbullah intercepts the Israeli warplanes
The Lebanese Hizbullah party on Thursday announced that its fighters opened fire at Israeli warplanes which broke into the Lebanese airspace. In a statement, the Lebanese party said that its air defense means interfered against Israeli warplanes that violated the Lebanese airspace in the western sector of south Lebanon.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 2/2/2002
Powell: Washington wants Palestinian state but violence has to stop first
The Unites States wants the creation of a Palestinian state but the two parties (Palestine and Israel) have first to find a means to agree on conditions conducive to a cease-fire
Palestine-USA, Politics, 2/2/2002
French proposals aimed at ending Middle East predicament
Whether he expects that these ideas will be favored by Israel, he said" I think the Israeli side does not welcome any serious attempt for reaching a settlement but the issue still under discussion between the French and the Israelis".
Egypt-France, Politics, 2/2/2002
Italian parliamentarian confers with Iraqi minister
Deputy chairman of the Italian Senate Lamberto Deni on Friday met with a delegation representing the Iraqi government chaired by the minister of state Abdul Razzaq al-Hashimi, currently visiting Italy.
Iraq-Italy, Politics, 2/2/2002
Poland official address Middle East situation
He said that Poland can take part in the peace-keeping forces in Palestine if a decision was taken in this respect.
Regional-Poland, Politics, 2/2/2002
Mubarak review donor issues in Sharm EL-Sheikh conference
Responsible sources said all indications show that donor countries and establishments would fulfill Egypt's demands, adding a sum of 2.5 billion dollars will be earmarked for filling the gap in Egypt's resources.
Egypt, Economics, 2/2/2002
Mubarak-Chirac talks deal with Middle East deteriorating situation
The talks to be held between Presidents Hosni Mubarak and Jacques Chirac on the sidelines of the Afro-French mini-summit will acquire a special significance amidst the current international affairs, said the Elysee Palace.
Egypt-France, Politics, 2/2/2002
ISESCO condemns harassment of Arab and Muslim students in west countries
The Islamic Organization of Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO/based in Rabat) denounced harassment measures of Arab and Muslim students in the USA, Britain and other western countries.
Regional, Local, 2/2/2002
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President of the Republic of Greece Konstantinos Stevyanopolis will arrive today in Damascus in an official visit to Syria at the invitation of President Bashar al-Assad. The visit will last for three days.
The ruler of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Khaleifa al-Thani on Thursday evening at his residence in New York received formed US senator George Mitchell.
A source at the "Kuwait" oil company said on Friday that number of persons killed because of a fire erupted on Thursday in an oil collecting center in the Kuwaiti al-Rawdatin oil field tolled four while other 17 persons were reported as wounded. A third of Kuwait's oil output may be effected, officials say.
The president of the United Arab Emirates will be paying for travel expenses for 141 Moroccans to perform pilgrimage, it was officially announced here on Friday.
The Kuwaiti defense minister Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Hamad has stressed that his ministry signed a deal to buy American Apache planes also to be provided with radar and weapons.
The Israeli foreign minister Shimon Peres has met, on the sideline of the world economic forum currently held with the US with the Canadian prime minister Jan Christian, according to the Israeli radio on Friday.