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King of Bahrain at Parliament's launch: we accept opposition that is nationalist
At the inauguration ceremony of the sessions of the first parliament in the country since 30 years, the King of Bahrain, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, had sent a clear message to the Bahraini opposition which boycotted the elections to reconsider their stand, calling on this opposition to be for the interests of Bahrain "ultimately."
Bahrain, Politics, 12/16/2002
Al-Assad, wife Arrived in London
Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad and his wife yesterday evening arrived in London on an official visit to the United Kingdom.
Syria-UK, Politics, 12/16/2002
Syrian information minister's briefing on al-Assad's visit to london
Syria's Minister of Information, Adnan Omran, has underlined that President Bashar Al-Assad's visit to Britain comes within Syria's adopted strategy of international cooperation and relations.
Syria-UK, Politics, 12/16/2002
Al-Watan: Saudi Arabia, Iraq resume telecommunications
Saudi Arabia on Saturday resumed its direct telecommunications with Iraq following a cessation which lasted for 11 years.
Saudi Arabia-Iraq, Politics, 12/16/2002
Gulf states: Customs federation to be in force as January 2003
Qatar's finance minister Youssef Hussein Kamal yesterday in Doha announced at the conclusion of the ministers of finance, the economy and trade at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states that it was agreed during the meeting to enforce the customs federation among the GCC member states as from the beginning of January 2003.
Gulf, Economics, 12/16/2002
Syria's economy minister: decisions will show result very soon
Syria's Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade, Ghasan al-Refaee, declared on Saturday that his ministry had taken a number of decisions which would take part in improving the economic performance as well as facilitating and simplifying foreign trade procedures.
Syria, Economics, 12/16/2002
Al-Assad confers with Polish counterpart
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad received yesterday in Damascus the Polish President, Alexander Kavashivinski, accompanied by Minister of Defense and Head of National Security Bureau.
Syria-Poland, Politics, 12/16/2002
Jordan arrests the killers of the American diplomat
The US has commended the work of the Jordanian security authorities which availed arresting the two persons convicted of killing the American diplomat Laurence Folley. Jordanian officials said the two Jordanians were planning to launch other attacks against diplomats and embassies in Amman.
Jordan-USA, Politics, 12/16/2002
Al-Bashir to head for Paris to discuss bilateral relations, Mashakos negotiations
Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir will visit France in February 2003 in order to discuss bilateral relations between Khartoum and Paris and the peace developments in Sudan. By the beginning of January, 2003, the French foreign minister will visit Khartoum for political consultation.
Sudan-France, Politics, 12/16/2002
Concentration the Shiite, Kurds at London's conference
The political statement of the plenary Iraqi opposition conference, which will today afternoon conclude its deliberations by a press conference, has stressed the importance of availing the opportunities which is now at the hands of the Iraqi people in investing the international element to "topple the Iraqi regime," with taking into account the legitimate interests of the Arab and international neighboring states and the Islamic community."
Iraq, Politics, 12/16/2002
Syrian Foreign Ministry: Communique on UN 1450 resolution
The Communique pointed out that the US draft resolution which has been adopted embodies unacceptable political dimensions that would reflect negatively on the whole situation in the Middle East and the occupied territories and opens more doors for Israel to exploit the international campaign against terrorism in such a ill manner, that is, to escalate her oppressive practices and state organized terrorism which it practices daily against the unarmed Palestinian people without any move from the US side to put an end this terrorism, but even it opposes any international resolutions in this regard.
Syria-USA, Politics, 12/16/2002
4th Global Forum Ends in Marrakesh
The civil society should be mobilised to take up social and cultural challenges and governments must be fully responsible and accountable, said participants in some of their recommendations.
Regional-Morocco, Politics, 12/16/2002
Syrians of the Golan demonstrate on its 21st annexation anniversary
The Majdal Shams town of the occupied Syrian Golan on Saturday witnessed a mass demonstration in protest of the Israeli decision of annexing the Syrian Golan 21 years ago.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 12/16/2002
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