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Vanguardia: Spain and morocco need to address common problems with courage, Moroccan official
Regarding the Moroccan Sahara issue, El Yazghri stressed that his country is expecting a "full fledged support" from Madrid, deploring Spain's "incomprehensible attitude," by not supporting UN Secretary General personal envoy's proposal to grant the Sahara population wide autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 12/10/2002
Al-Assad confers with US Senators
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad received on Monday two US. Senators, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joe Biden (D-DE) and senior Republican committee member Chuck Hagel (R-NE).
Syria-USA, Politics, 12/10/2002
Iraqi criticism for al-Ateyah statements
A spokesman for the Iraqi National Council (parliament) yesterday criticized statements made by the secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Abdul Rahman al-Ateyah, who described the message of the Iraqi President to the Kuwaiti people as disappointing.
Iraq-Gulf, Politics, 12/10/2002
Al-Anbaa: Khartoum accuses Garang of obstructing peace: Eritrea plays Israel's role
The Sudanese foreign minister Mustafa Othman Ismael has accused the rebels in southern Sudan led by John Garang of obstructing peace and unity in the country. He set a precondition that Eritrea should stop the support it gives to the Sudanese opposition, in order to start Sudanese negotiations with it.
Sudan, Politics, 12/10/2002
Iran's FM in Beirut: no common ground between Hizbullah, al-Qaida
The Iranian foreign minister Kamal Kharazi said yesterday in Beirut that there is no common ground linking between al-Qaida organization and the Hizbullah party at the doctrine or the political levels.
Lebanon-Iran, Politics, 12/10/2002
Syrian minister confers EIB official
Syria's Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade, Ghasan al-Refaee, received yesterday in Damascus a delegation representing the European Investment Bank headed by Jim McFerson.
Syria-European Union, Economics, 12/10/2002
Maher confers with the American ambassadors to Egypt, Israel
The Egyptian foreign minister Ahmad Maher yesterday in Cairo met with the ambassadors of the USA to Egypt and Israel David Welsh and Daniel Kurtz, respectively and exchanged with them views on latest developments in the Middle East region.
Egypt-USA, Politics, 12/10/2002
On Mousa's visit to Russia
The secretary general of the Arab League Amr Moussa left Cairo yesterday for Moscow in an official visit to Russia during which he will hold talks with the Russian officials on the current situation in the region especially in Iraq and Palestine and means for consolidating the Arab-Russian relations.
Regional-Russia, Politics, 12/10/2002
Draft recommendations of the opposition conference in London
Well-informed sources at the Iraqi opposition said that the preparatory committee of the opposition conference which will be held on Saturday in London has reached the draft of the conference's final recommendations.
Iraq, Politics, 12/10/2002
Syria- Iran for boosting housing relations
Syria's Minister of Housing, Adham Wanly arrived in Tehran yesterday on an official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Syria-Iran, Economics, 12/10/2002
Syrian- Turkish cities signed cooperation agreement
An agreement of cooperation was signed yesterday between the Syrian city of Qameshli and the Turkish city of Nousaybeen.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 12/10/2002
Casablanca court postpones trial of al-Qaeda operatives arrested in morocco
The Casablanca court of appeal decided this Monday to postpone to this December 26 the trial of a group of three Saudis and seven Moroccans, accused of being members of an Al-Qaeda cell.
Morocco, Local, 12/10/2002
One Palestinian was killed by the Israeli bullets
The chairman of Beit Leed municipality said that the man was mentally handicapped and that he was throwing stones at Israeli settlers and soldiers from the location where he was killed.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 12/10/2002
Israel prepares for a military operation
The Kuwaiti daily al-Rai al-Aam reported yesterday that western diplomatic sources expressed conviction that Israel is preparing for a military operation in the form of a large attack ( taking the form of muscles flexing) under the pretext of retaliating the Mombassa operation in Kenya.
Israel-Regional, Politics, 12/10/2002
American simulated maneuvers in Qatar
A US military spokesman said yesterday that the American forces started yesterday large maneuvers using computer simulations in order to test the technological capacities of the headquarters of a leadership in Qatar that might be in charge of any war against Iraq.
Qatar-USA, Politics, 12/10/2002
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The secretary general of the people's committee for foreign relations and international cooperation in Libya Abdul Rahman Shalqam has described the Arab League as an expired antibiotic. In statements issued yesterday by the London- based al-Sharq al-Awsat daily, Shalqam called on the Arabs to form a new league that strengthens their ties and unify their word in confrontation of foreign aggressions through founding the Arab federation and establishing a united Arab military alliance similar to the NATO.
Morocco's King Mohammed VI received this Monday afternoon at the royal office in Rabat US under-secretary for the Middle east and North Africa, William Burns.
Algerian President Abdul Aziz Butaflika met Sunday in ALgiers with William Burns, US Undersecretary for the Middle East and North Africa. State Department Spokesperson, Jo Anne Prokopowiez had said Burns' talks with Maghreban officials will be predominated by economic issues, including the draft free trade accord the US plans to conclude with Morocco as well as the US-Maghreb economic partnership.
The United States on Monday renewed firm backing to the efforts made by James Bakers, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General for the Sahara, to end the Sahara issue.
The Palestinian number 13, Abdullah Dawoud, who was exiled in May this year at Israel's request during the siege of the church of Nativity in Bethlehem, who was evacuated to Cyprus, said he intends to live permanently in Mauritania where he had arrived recently. He said he had left Cyprus on November 26.
Al-Aqsa groups of the Fatah movement on Sunday stressed to continue the Palestinian national resistance operations against the Israeli occupation in the Palestinian territories until liberation from the Israeli occupation.
A delegation representing the Israeli foreign ministry and the exportation Institute will visit Doha at the invitation of the Qatari authorities to take part in the special exhibition to be held by Qatar in preparations for the Asia games Qatar will host in 2006.