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Leila islet case: Morocco convinced dialogue is best path
The Moroccan government said on Monday that the deployment of security forces since July 11 on the Moroccan Mediterranean islet of Leila is a mere surveillance operation in a sensitive area and that the deployment will be maintained for the time being, adding it is convinced that dialogue is the best path to build the future of Moroccan-Spanish relations.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 7/16/2002
Official statement on Morrocan Leila islet
"The Islet of Leila has always been part and parcel of the Moroccan territory. History is indeed full of facts evincing that the Islet is Moroccan territory. After the signing of the Moroccan-Spanish peace treaty of 1860 (which does not mention at all the islet of Leila), there were some Spanish incursions in the islet that were counteracted by Sultan Hassan 1st, as testified in the letters sent by the Sultan Hassan 1st to the Pacha of Tangiers on 26/11/1887, 28/09/1888 and 25/11/1892.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 7/16/2002
Rose El-Youssef: Women face many challenges, plan to forge ahead
"I want to confirm that there is no ground for talk on the failure of the women's movement in society, but there are fields we have to work on, for example, in politics as women's participation is still limited. Women's work in politics should not merely be confined to voting in general elections, or joining parliament but should involve her full and active participation in the national development process" Fawzya Abdul Sattar said
Egypt, Culture, 7/16/2002
Ismael: Sudan's peace talks enter decisive phase
The Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Othman Ismael said that the current ongoing negotiations held in Kenya between the governments and the southern rebels will stop for two weeks as from July 20 in order to study and evaluate concluded results.
Sudan, Politics, 7/16/2002
Egypt's Stock Exchanges to improve procedures
In a separate note, according to the latest report by the Investment and Stock Exchange Department at the Ministry of Foreign Trade, Egypt ranked second among emerging markets in terms of profits from share transactions after Russia and the Czech Republic which came in first and third places respectively.
Egypt, Economics, 7/16/2002
Syria signs agreement establishing the Arab Woman Organization agreement
Syria's ambassador in Cairo Youssef Ahmad, who is also Syria's representative at the Arab League has signed the agreement providing for the foundation of the Arab woman organization, whose higher council is composed of the first Arab ladies ( wives of heads of states) and from which stems the Arab woman summit conference.
Syria-Regional, Culture, 7/16/2002
Al-Hayat: Syria did not walk out of foreign ministers' meeting
well-informed Syrian sources as saying that Syria has expressed its wonder that the Arab- four member committee did not respond to the request made by the Saudi foreign minister prince Saud al-Faisal to convene an official meeting with the foreign ministers of the committee of the Arab peace initiative which includes 10 ministers
Syria-Regional, Politics, 7/16/2002
Application of real estate finance law necessary to reactivate market
He said the real estate financing law which was recently promulgated would help banks provide financing through liquidity and profit guarantees, reactivating the real estate market for the limited income brackets.
Egypt, Economics, 7/16/2002
Jordan: death sentences against Cell group members for terrorism
The Jordanian state security court on Monday issued death penalty sentences, alleviated to imprisonment sentences for 15 years against three Jordanians who were convicted of being members in a group known as "cells " that was preparing to carry out "terrorist acts," in Jordan.
Jordan, Local, 7/16/2002
Jweili for pushing inter Arab trade; imports at $ 140 billion
The secretary general of the Arab economic unity council Ahmad Jweili has stressed the need of reactivating inter- Arab trade and the Arab tourism movement and to work for attracting Arab capital invested abroad in order to be invested in projects that serve all Arab states.
Regional, Economics, 7/16/2002
Israeli Labor's peace plan, Ben Eliezer talks with Mubarak
In a press conference he held after meeting with Ben Eliezer, Mubarak said "we feel the suffering of the Palestinians and that these sufferings can be settled only through peace, when there will be hope for all citizens to live in peace." Mubarak added that it was also agreed to continue these contacts.
Egypt-Israel, Politics, 7/16/2002
Moussa: Arab states to prevent any threats against Iraq
Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa underlined that there is an Arab diplomatic drive to prevent any threat against Iraq.
Regional-Iraq, Politics, 7/16/2002
Somali refugees start returning home
The higher commissioner for the UN refugees started on Monday the return of thousands of Somali refugees in Djibouti to the northern west of Somalia after most of hem spent more than 10 years outside their country.
Somalia, Local, 7/16/2002
Al-Nas: Yemen underestimates American military support
The Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has underestimated the importance of the American military support for Yemen, noting that this American support is limited to providing expertise and certain technical equipment.
Yemen-USA, Politics, 7/16/2002
Egypt asks Israel to permit importing Palestinian gas
Egypt has asked Israel to permit it to provide Israel with gas from the gas fields of the Palestinian authority located off the coast of Gaza.
Egypt-Israel, Economics, 7/16/2002
Israeli army shoots Palestinian worker, break into internet shop
While one Israeli force broke into the Palestinian "PalNet" Internet site in al-Beera and arrested 6 of its employees, the Israeli forces launched a vast detention and breaking in campaign
Palestine-Israel, Military, 7/16/2002
Morocco's trade deficit alleviated by 27.9%
Morocco's trade deficit between January and May 2002 was worth 13.79 billion DH (US 1.3 billion), a decrease of 27.9% compared to the same period of 2001.
Morocco, Economics, 7/16/2002
Egypt approves approves internet e-signature draft law
According to the draft law, which symbolizes a bid to keep abreast of the growth in e-commerce, electronic signatures and handwritten signatures will be considered equally valid by a court of law.
Egypt, Economics, 7/16/2002
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Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said many efforts and activities are required to face up to accusations made against the Arab culture and thought. This is part of the Arab League restructuring, he added. He said many aspects of our cultural, economic and political life should be reconsidered as not all remarks of criticism are wrong but some are true.
At the invitation of President Bashar al-Assad, chairman of the commission of the higher people's council in the People's Democratic Republic of Korea Kim Yong Nam will arrive in Damascus today on a three days official visit to Syria. He will be accompanied by an official delegation composed of senior high ranking officials in the PDRK.
The Iraqi national council has adopted a decision stressing firm stand under the leadership of the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. In a statement issued in conclusion of an urgent session, the council supports all measures taken and that are being taken by him to defend Iraq's security, independence and protection of " its national regime."
The Egyptian foreign ministry said on Monday that Egypt does not need an authorization from the follow up committee which stems from the Arab League in order to meet sides of the four- member international peace committee on the Middle East which holds today a meeting in New York.
Well-informed sources said that at the invitation of the Algerian President Abdul Aziz Butaflika, the Lebanese President Emil Lahoud will pay an official visit to Algeria for two days starting as from July 23.
Egypt's President Mubarak yesterday received Saeb Ereka,t the Palestinian minister of local government in the framework of efforts for finding a way-out of the deteriorating situation in the Palestinian territories. The meeting was attended by Ossama A1 Baz, the political advisor to the President and Zohdy A1 Qidrah the ambassador of Palestine in Cairo.
Ossama Al Baz, the Political Advisor to the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak discussed with the chairman of the Israeli Knesset Avraham Burg in Cairo on Monday conditions of the Palestinians. Following the meeting, Al Baz said that his talks with Burg underlined the fact that the policy of occupation and oppressive practices against the Palestinian people will not be effective and eliminate the hope to reaching a just and comprehensive peace in the region.
Jordan announced that the Israeli occupation authorities prevented the Palestinian cultural delegation from taking part in the festivals carried out in the Jordanian capital Amman, in its being the capital for Arab culture for 2002.