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King of Bahrain: No backtrack from our agenda
"Your future is drawn by the elections, therefore take part in it,"" Polling boxes are waiting for your positive participation,"" the elections are an opportunity to select the decision makers," These are the common slogans shared by the streets and papers in Bahrain in a call which was also advocated by the King of Bahrain Hamad Bin Issa al-Khaleifa in a reconciliatory speech he made yesterday, talking to his people urging them to ignore opposition voices which call for boycotting the elections.
Bahrain, Politics, 10/22/2002
Al-Anba: Mashakos negotiations discuss security arrangements
The Sudanese official daily al-Anba said yesterday that Khartoum provided a mission representing the African federation evidence that proves the involvement of Eritrea in battles in East Sudan at a time when, following a short holiday, the Sudanese peace negotiations were resumed by convening a workshop on the security and military arrangements.
Sudan, Politics, 10/22/2002
Der Spiegel: Jordanian King does not rule out the return of monarchy to Iraq
The Jordanian King Abdullah II does not rule out that Iraq will be one day ruled by a member of the Hashamite family. In a press statement to the German daily Der Spiegel, he said that the American government will appoint a provisional government in Iraq under the leadership of an American army officer.
Jordan-Iraq, Politics, 10/22/2002
French- Libyan committee meets for first time in 20 years
France's Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin and the Libyan counterpart Abdul Rahman Shalqam yesterday in Paris opened works of the French- Libyan joint committee, which meets for the first time since 20 years.
Libya-France, Politics, 10/22/2002
Moroccan parties ponder participation in government, Islamist moderate party not concerned
Several Moroccan parties said they are still pondering their participation in a government led by prime minister Driss Jettou who was appointed to the position on October 9 following elections held to chose 325 members of the House of representatives. While Islamist moderate party "PJD," which obtained 42 seats, said it is "not concerned" by such participation, the National Popular Movement party (MNP) has voiced "determination" to be part of the coming government.
Morocco, Politics, 10/22/2002
Handing Kuwaiti archive from Iraq to last up to 2 months
The secretary of the Kuwaiti foreign ministry Khaled al-Jarulla has announced that Kuwait started on Sunday receiving its special national archive from Iraq.
Kuwait-Iraq, Politics, 10/22/2002
King Mohammed Starts official visit to Kuwait
Trade exchanges between the two Arab states were worth 95.8 million DH in 2001 (US$ 9.03 million) and in the first half of 2002, they were valued at 64.1 million DH (US$ 6.04 million).
Kuwait-Morocco, Politics, 10/22/2002
Turkey's concern about north Iraq
Iraq-Turkey, Politics, 10/22/2002
Patten: Israel does not respond to European efforts to achieve ME peace
The EU commissioner for foreign political affairs, Chris Patten has stressed the European Union (EU) continued efforts to achieve a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East region, based on international resolutions. He warned against the continued double- standard policy in implementing the international resolutions in the region.
Israel-European Union, Politics, 10/22/2002
Some 15 Israeli killed, 50 wounded in a Palestinian booby trapped car
The explosion which targeted an Israeli bus in Bardis Hanna area situated between the coastal city of al-Khudeira and Tel Aviv yesterday resulted in 15 killing and more than 50 were reported as wounded with many of them in critical health conditions.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 10/22/2002
al-Sharq al-Awsat: American diplomat killed in Yemen
The London based al-Sharq al-Awsat daily said yesterday that an American diplomat was killed in vague circumstances on Saturday in Yemen.
Yemen-USA, Politics, 10/22/2002
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The Syrian deputy premier and foreign minister Farouk al-Shara yesterday in Damascus met with Hijatul Islam Ali Younisi, the minister of security in Iran and members of the accompanying delegation. The meeting was attended by the deputy foreign minister and the Iranian ambassador in Damascus.
King Abdullah II of Jordan yesterday received a message from the Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh on bilateral relations and developments of conditions on the Arab arena.
The spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry, Hameed Rida Asifi, has described the rumor on that Iran had offered two military bases for the American forces to attack Iraq as lies and groundless.
The Malaysian prime minister Mahateir Muhammad yesterday concluded an official visit to Saudi Arabia lasting for four days during which he held talks with the Saudi officials dealt with latest developments on the Arab and international arenas, and on bilateral relations.
The 14th conference of the Arab economists federation will be held under the slogans "the Arab economic integration and contemporary challenges." The conference which will be held at the Umayyad 'a al-Dhaam palace for conferences in the Damascus outskirts and will last for three day October 22- through 24.