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Bush to al-Assad: we are committed to peace, based on UN resolutions and Madrid conference
In his cable of congratulations he sent to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Eid al-Adha, the US President George Bush said that the US is still committed to the realization of a just and comprehensive peace based on UN Security Council resolutions 242 and 338.
Syria-USA, Politics, 2/23/2002
Morocco voices utter opposition to any discussions of sahara partitioning
The Moroccan ministry of foreign affairs and cooperation expressed in a statement released Friday its utter opposition to any discussion on a partition of the Sahara territory and cautioned against the extremely dangerous nature of this proposal for stability in the whole region.
Morocco, Politics, 2/23/2002
Moroccans of Sahrawi descent turn down any proposal harming Morocco's territorial integrity
Moroccan of Sahrawi descent, mainly heads of tribes, dignitaries, elected officials and former members of the Polisario separatists, have expressed total refusal to the Sahara partitioning proposal as it harms Morocco's territorial integrity and their attachment to their national identity.
Morocco, Politics, 2/23/2002
US discuss Saudi ideas on peace settlement with Israel
Asked that this would mean that all of the territories and all of the borders would go back to June 6th, 1967, Boucher said "That was the Saudi statement, yes." He added "We agree with our policy that we've always said, and that's (UN resolusions) 242, 338, Land-for-Peace
Saudi Arabia-USA, Politics, 2/23/2002
Fatah and the Saudi crown prince peace initiative with Israel
The central committee of the Palestinian national liberation movement Fatah has warned against the grave consequences implied in the initiative of the Saudi crown prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz concerning finding a settlement for the Arab- Israeli conflict.
Palestine-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 2/23/2002
One Israeli settler killed, clashes continue between Israelis, Palestinians
A source close from the Israeli settlers said that one Israeli settler was killed by a Palestinian on Friday to the north of Jerusalem in the West Bank. The incident took place on a road close to Anarout airport to the north of Jerusalem when the settler was hit by the Palestinian bullets when he was riding his care. The identity of the killed settler was not disclosed.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 2/23/2002
The Czech stresses its policy in support of ME peace
Zeman compared Arafat to Hitler and said that Arafat and the Palestinians should not be negotiated with.
Palestine-Czech Republic, Politics, 2/23/2002
A decisive meeting for the Sudanese opposition
It will be chaired by the coalition's chairman Muhammad Othman al-Meirghani and attended by the leaders of the south Sudan's rebel group John Garang and all members of the leadership's commission and the executive bureau in order to discuss the current political issues and the track of a comprehensive political solution.
Sudan, Politics, 2/23/2002
Egyptian officials resignation accepted over train catastrophe
The Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Friday morning accepted the resignation of the Egyptian minister of transport over the train catastrophe which took place on Thursday and claimed the life of 373 persons and other hundreds were reported as wounded.
Egypt, Local, 2/23/2002
France declines to comment for the moment on UN report on Sahara
France said on Friday it does not wish for the moment to comment on the UN secretary general Kofi Annan submitted Wednesday to the security council, as debates in the Security council have not yet started.
Morocco-France, Politics, 2/23/2002
Renowned Syrian actor Dorade Lahham re-appointed UNICEF 's Goodwill Ambassador
Renowned Syrian actor Dorade Lahham on February 18 signed at the headquarters of UNICEF in Damascus a contract offered by the UN provided for a fixed date appointment as a "Goodwill Ambassador to MENA ( Middle East and North Africa) Region."
Regional, Culture, 2/23/2002
G- 8 urged to play an active role in the Middle East
The Canadian foreign minister Bell Graham on Thursday announced that Canada intends to make use of its current presidency of the G- 8 so as to call on the leaders of its member states to play an active role in the Middle East.
Palestine-Canada, Politics, 2/23/2002
Palestinian Authority urges international community to halt Israeli aggression
The Palestinian Authority has called on the international community to "double efforts and political and diplomatic moves to halt the Israeli aggression against the unarmed Palestinian people."
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 2/23/2002
Israeli - Palestinian security meeting
US State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said yesterday speaking about the Israelis and Palestinians that "There has been, in fact, a trilateral security meeting last night, which we consider to be a very positive development."
Palestine-Israel-USA, Politics, 2/23/2002
Syrian Environment Association assumes activities
By this grant the Syrian environment association is going to start a campaign that aims at developing environmental public awareness regarding several issues as revival of Barada river, environment protection, curbing pollution and rationalizing the use of natural resources.
Syria, Environment, 2/23/2002
A workshop on national bio-diversity strategy in Damascus
this is a part of the greater action plan for the preservation of environment and natural resources for which Syria has been working with the international organizations for a while
Syria, Environment, 2/23/2002
Iraq intercepts American, British planes
An Iraqi military spokesman has announced that the Iraqi anti aircraft means on Thursday evening intercepted American and British planes while flying over south Iraq and "forced them to flee away."
Iraq-USA, Politics, 2/23/2002
EU finances program to support Morocco's car-making industry
The Moroccan association of cars industry and trade (AMICA) has signed with Euro-Maroc enterprise center a convention to support exports of the car-making sub-contracting industry.
Morocco, Economics, 2/23/2002
Moussa: A Lebanese appointed as commissioner for Arab expatriates affairs
Arab diplomatic sources in Cairo said that the general secretariat of the Arab League (AL) studies the nomination of one Lebanese living abroad to the post of the commissioner general for the affairs of Arab expatriates.
Regional, Politics, 2/23/2002
Moroccan BMCE bank joins EBRD's trade facilitation program
Moroccan "BMCE" bank was accredited as a participant in European Reconstruction and Development Bank (EBRD) trade facilitation program, under a convention signed here on Thursday between the two financial institutions.
Morocco, Business, 2/23/2002
Al-Haj rituals completed smoothly
Muslim who are performing al-Haj rituals on Friday arrived from Mouna coming from Musdalifa where they had spent the night on Thursday evening as they completed the main part of their al-Haj process.
Regional-Saudi Arabia, Religion, 2/23/2002
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Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika held talks today in Syrte -Libya with Libyan President Muaammar al-Gaddafi. Rional and Arab issues were discussed, APS said today.
King Abdullah II of Jordan and the second deputy for the Saudi prime minister and the minister of defense and aviation prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz discussed in a telephone call on Friday the developments of conditions in the region and at the international arena as well as bilateral relations between the two states.
The Jordanian foreign minister Marwan al-Maashar has underlined the importance of the success of the forthcoming Arab summit in Beirut in March and of concluding decisions that would contribute to supporting the rights of the Palestinian people and their cause.
Member of the US Senate, and wife of former US President Hillary Clinton will today pay an official visit to Israel. The visit will last for two days.
Morocco's King Mohammed VI, Amir Al Mouminine (commander of the faithful), accompanied by his brother prince Moulay Rachid and cousin Prince Moulay Ismail, performed this Saturday Aid Al-Adha prayers at the Ahl Fez mosque in the royal palace of Rabat.
Austrian federal minister of foreign affairs, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, will pay an official visit to Morocco this Feb.26-27, a statement of the Moroccan department of foreign affairs and cooperation announced.
Sources at the court of the Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon expected that Israel will take a decision permitting the chairman of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat to leave Ramullah, after he arrested the executors of the assassination operation of the former Israeli minister of tourism Rahbaam Zaefi.
Israel has decided to allocate USD 140 million to encourage the migration of Argentine Jews and to settle them in the occupied Palestinian territories. This act is a clear investment of the current economic crisis, taking place in Argentina. The Monte Carlo radio said on Friday that the Israeli authorities will give USD 120,000 for every Jewish family in addition to sums usually given to emigrant Jews newly coming to the occupied Palestinian territories.