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Democracy, best means to eradicate terrorism, extremism, King mohammed says
Morocco's King Mohammed VI has pointed out that democracy is the best means to eradicate terrorism, extremism and marginalisation, and called for seeking peaceful solutions to all tensions and disputes, everywhere in the world.
Regional-Morocco, Politics, 3/18/2002
Jordan arrests Toujan al-Faisal for 'dishonoring dignity of the state'
The Attorney General of the Jordanian state security Col. Muhannad Hijazi had ordered the arrest of Mrs Toujan Faisal, former member of the Jordanian parliament for 15 days for investigations after he addressed to her declaring statements that dishonor the reputation of the state of Jordan and defaming its people.
Jordan, Politics, 3/18/2002
Sudan punishes newspaper editor for an exposing article
The Khartoum criminal court ( North) chaired by judge Muhammad Serr al-Khatem Gharbawi on Saturday issued a sentence provided for finning the chief editor of the Sudanese daily al-Watan Sayed Ahmad Khaleifa of 3 million Sudanese pounds for issuing an article on the travel of Sudanese officials to perform al-Haj rituals at the expenses of the government of Sudan.
Sudan, Politics, 3/18/2002
Saudi Arabia refuses its territories to be used to strike Iraq
The Saudi daily al-Watan issued on Sunday said that Saudi Arabia informed the US administration its rejection to permit the American forces to use its territories as a starting point to strike Iraq or any other Arab or Islamic state.
Saudi Arabia-USA, Politics, 3/18/2002
Jordanian King warns against striking Iraq
The Jordanian King Abdullah II has warned against the consequences of the US striking of Iraq on the security and the stability of the Middle East region.
Jordan-Iraq, Politics, 3/18/2002
Thousands Jordanian demand ending the peace treaty with Israel
More than 5,000 Jordanians on Saturday called for abrogating the Israeli- Jordanian peace treaty and to declare Jihad against Israel. This was expressed in one of the largest demonstration against Israel in Amman.
Jordan-Israel, Politics, 3/18/2002
Egypt, Arab states to discuss Palestinian and Iraq-Kuwait problems
Mubarak will receive Syrian President Bashar Assad on Wednesday, and will today receive Ali Abul Ragheb the Jordanian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister and will tomorrow receive Prince Saudi Al Faisal, the Saudi Foreign Minister.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 3/18/2002
Qaddafi - Aziz discuss Palestine, Iraq problems
Aziz conveyed a message from President Saddam Hussein concerning coordinating stances between the two states on the issues that will be discussed during the Arab summit due to start in Beirut on March 27.
Libya-Iraq, Politics, 3/18/2002
Arab states deeply concerned by India's military cooperation with Israel
The British weekly specialized in the military and intelligence affairs has commented on the military and intelligence cooperation between India and Israel. It said in its recent issue that the Indian policy towards the Middle East has been inclined in recent years for the interests of Israel and New Delhi has alienated from its traditional support to the Arabs.
Israel-India, Politics, 3/18/2002
Palestinians consult with Saudis on peace initiative
The Monte Carlo radio correspondent in Amman said that Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt are embarking to draw a document including a simple formulation to the Saudi initiative which is based on the principle of land for peace.
Saudi Arabia-Palestine, Politics, 3/18/2002
Mubarak warns against Israeli attempts to settle the Palestinians in Jordan
In press statements issued on Saturday in Cairo, the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak strongly denied that Syria has any intention to provoke war in the Middle East region. He criticized what has been rumored on that the Hizbullah Party threatens Israel's security by Katyusha missiles.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 3/18/2002
Two new political parties born in Morocco
Two new political parties were officially recognized by the authorities, as Morocco is readying for next September's legislative elections.
Morocco, Politics, 3/18/2002
The European Union calls for implementing UN resolutions
The European Union has called for urgent implementation of the UN Security Council resolution no.1397 which speaks to a Palestinian state and to lift all restrictions imposed on the move of the chairman of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat.
Palestine-European Union, Politics, 3/18/2002
Sudan FM nominated for chairman of the UNGA for 2004 session
The African Unity Organization has adopted the Sudanese foreign minister Mustafa Othman as the first candidate for the UN General Assembly for its session of 2004.
Sudan-Regional, Politics, 3/18/2002
British parliamentarians oppose plans to strike Iraq
The number of British parliament members from the Labor party who oppose to any military act against Iraq has increased to 100, in a clear evidence to the mounting opposition inside the British house of commons to any of the American plans towards Iraq.
Iraq-UK, Politics, 3/18/2002
Israeli forces incurred into Bethlehem tightened siege
While the Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon has threatened that his forces will continue its war against the Palestinians, even if this government will be at the table of negotiations, the Israeli tanks incurred in the downtown of Bethlehem. One Palestinian was killed and many others wounded during the incursion.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 3/18/2002
US cultural officer in Damascus: cultural and educational exchanges are the best way forward
In a statement to Arabic News, Cultural affairs officer at the US cultural center in Damascus Mr. Mark Schapiro said that Syria and the US have considered that the cultural and educational programs and the exchange programs are now more important more than ever before, in the context of after September 11th and the desire that all share for a peaceful safe world.
Syria-USA, Culture, 3/18/2002
Damascus hosts commission for controlling the desert Locust in the central region
In collaboration between the Ministry of Agriculture in Syria and the World Food Organization FAO, and under the supervision of the Minister of agriculture Nour Eddine Mouna, the Commission for controlling the Desert Locust in the Central region ( CRC) held its 23rd session in Damascus on March 9 through 14.
Syria, Agriculture, 3/18/2002
Damascus's advanced training workshop on the use of remote sensing techniques
Abdelgawad said that it will focus on the capabilities provided by the remote sensing techniques and GIA in the field of desertification monitoring and combating; The use of digital processing of the Satellite images and the preparation of the different thematic maps; the use of multi temporal satellite images to monitor changes on land and vegetative cover
Syria, Economics, 3/18/2002
Special security arrangements for Israeli Knesset delegation in Marrakesh
Special security measures were taken for the Israeli Knesset delegation taking part in the International Parliamentary Union conference which started on Sunday in Marrakesh at a time when university students of al-Qaddi Ayyadh in the city lead a demonstration of protest over the participation of the Israeli delegation in the conference.
Morocco-Israel, Politics, 3/18/2002
An invitation to the Saudi crown prince to visit USA
The Saudi crown prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz has received a message from the US President George Bush extending an invitation to the Saudi crown prince to visit the USA.
Saudi Arabia-USA, Politics, 3/18/2002
Moussa criticizes the Israeli policy
The Secretary General of the Arab League (AL) Amr Moussa has stressed that the policy pursued by the Israeli government under the chairmanship of the Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon is based on rejecting just and comprehensive peace and imposing the Israeli conditions and instructions on the Palestinians.
Regional-Palestine, Politics, 3/18/2002
Maghreban union secretarty general in Algeria
Boulares said upon arrival he wishes to meet Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to "hear his orientations and points of view regarding the actions to be conducted by the UMA Secretariat general to prepare for the meeting of the UMA Presidency Council, a meeting that is planned and wished."
Algeria-Maghreb, Politics, 3/18/2002
Moussa calls for more Arab action
Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said that the Arab nation faces serious problems in the light of the international situation which is not ripe for the Arabs.
Regional, Politics, 3/18/2002
Egyptian-Chinese economic cooperation boom
Members of the Egyptian-Chinese Business Council asserted during their meeting in Cairo yesterday that the upcoming stage would witness a breakthrough in Egyptian-Chinese joint ventures.
Egypt-China, Economics, 3/18/2002
Women MPs hold 7th session in Marrakesh
For chairwoman of the IPU council, Najma Heptullah, women have to be promoted into genuine partners in the promotion of democracy and enable them to fully enjoy their rights.
Regional, Politics, 3/18/2002
Japanese feminist delegation lauds Mrs. Mubarak's role
A visiting Japanese feminist delegation Sunday lauded the great role of Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak, Chairperson of the Technical Advisory committee of the National Childhood and Motherhood Council, and the progress achieved as a result of her sincere efforts to mobilize all energies of society to serve women and children.
Egypt-Japan, Culture, 3/18/2002
Moroccans settled abroad set up world council
A group of Moroccan expatriates who are chairing or are active in associations decided on Sunday to set up the World council of Moroccans living abroad which they named "Al Majliss."
Morocco, Local, 3/18/2002
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Diplomatic sources in Beirut on Saturday said that the US ambassador in Beirut Vincent Battle conveyed to the Lebanese sides concerned a message of warning following what was stated by Israel that persons who executed Shaloumi operation in North Israel on Tuesday sneaked from Lebanon.
President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan received Sunday Iraqi Vice-Chairman of Revolution Command Council Izzat Ibrahim. Sheikh Zayed affirmed that the United Arab Emirates rejects the aggressive threats against any Arab state, IRNA reported.
President of the United Arab Emirates UAE Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan on Saturday in Abu Dhabi discussed with the US Vice President Dick Cheney the stumbled Middle East peace process and current developments in the occupied Palestinian territories, besides the current conditions in the region and joint cooperation relations between the UAE and the USA.
The Saudi minister of commerce Osama Faqih on Saturday in Jeddah discussed with the Tunisian minister of international cooperation and foreign investment Fatehi al-Marsawi means of developing trade exchange between the two states.
Iraqi Chamber of Commerce and Bahraini Chamber of Industry and Commerce signed an agreement promoting trade ties and enhancing economic relations. It also focused on exchanging visits, information, laws regulating economic activity, implementing joint projects, organizing symposiums, and commercial fairs to expand cooperation, INA reported today.
The Lebanese Foreign minister Mahmoud Hamoud on Saturday received a written message from his French counterpart Hubert Vedirine stating France's support to the Arab summit to be held in Beirut by the end of the current month, March.
The Palestinian Authority on Saturday welcomed the statements made by the European Union which calls for the implementation of the UN Security Council no. 1397 and considered it as important. Nabil Abu Rudinah, the advisor of the chairman of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat called for the need that the international community should work to implement this resolution.
The Israeli foreign minister Shimon Peres said that it is not possible at the meantime to complete a withdrawal for the Israeli army from the Palestinian lands, cities and territories it had occupied recently before starting serious negotiations with the Palestinian side. In statements quoted on Sunday by the Israeli radio, Peres set a precondition which is the Palestinian authority to halt the Palestinian Intifada and all forms of resistance against the Israeli army.