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Morocco: call for the support of female candidates in communal elections
In a memorandum circulated in Rabat, the commission voiced will to carry on working for an effective mobilization of women in various decision-making levels to guarantee an important female representation in legislative institutions, following the coming communal elections, due next June.
Morocco, Politics, 1/9/2003
Arab meeting in Khartoum to discuss Sudan, Somalia; Arab working system
Some 19 Arab foreign ministers will be meeting in Khartoum, Sudan, on Sunday to take part in three ministerial committees to discuss the Sudanese problems, both political and developmental, Somalia and means of developing a joint Arab working system. This will be, however, according to ideas proposed by Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Sudan.
Sudan-Regional, Politics, 1/9/2003
Egyptian relations with Sudan and Uganda
Egypt's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Faiza Abo Anaga, said Egypt is concerned with its relations with Sudan as well as activating the integrating corporations between the two states.
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 1/9/2003
Efforts to bring together Northern, Southern Sudanese through marriages
Member of the Sudanese national council ( the parliament) Souad al- Fateh has called for marriages between the peoples of the North and South of Sudan in order to eliminate barriers between the two sides.
Sudan, Politics, 1/9/2003
Saudi donations for al-Aqsa fund
Saudi Arabia has allotted a sum of USD 7 million at the account of al-Aqsa Fund in order to enhance available resources to support the steadfastness of the Palestinian people.
Saudi Arabia-Palestine, Politics, 1/9/2003
Indonesia against unilateral military action in Iraq
The Indonesian foreign minister Hassan Jouda yesterday renewed his country's rejection to any unilateral military act against Iraq.
Iraq-Indonesia, Politics, 1/9/2003
Moroccan-Saudi business council meets next week
The Morocco-Saudi Arabia Business Council will hold a meeting next Monday in Casablanca to debate problems hindering the development of commercial exchanges between the two Arab states.
Morocco-Saudi Arabia, Economics, 1/9/2003
Plans to upgrade textile industry, steel, and pharmaceutical
Public Enterprise Minister Mokhtar Khattab told the People's Assembly (PA) Economic Committee yesterday that the sale of 192 loss-making companies has brought the state LE16.7 million.
Egypt, Economics, 1/9/2003
Khartoum rejects negotiations on central areas before agreement on the south
In a statement, the Sudanese government announced yesterday it will not start negotiations about "central areas " before finalizing an agreement concerning the situation of southern Sudan.
Sudan, Politics, 1/9/2003
Turkish officials and the war against Iraq
Information leaked from the meeting of the Turkish parliament on Monday unveiled that the Turkish authorities permitted a team composed of 36 experts from the CIA accompanied by Turkish intelligence officers entered North Iraq during the 9th and 10th months of 2002 and that this team arrested some 150 Iraqis suspected to be agents for the intelligence of the Iraqi regime and they were transported to a third country for questioning.
Iraq-Turkey, Politics, 1/9/2003
France possible gateway for gas exports
Petroleum Minister Sameh Fahmy and the French Minister of Industry have discussed the possibility of exporting Egyptian gas through France, other European Union countries, Cyprus and Eastern Europe by January 2004.
Egypt-France, Economics, 1/9/2003
Two Palestinians killed, scores arrested; Israel demolishes Palestinian homes
The Palestinian Youth Ahmad Ajaj ( 18 year old) was killed in Sidon village near Toulkarem, when an Israeli soldier opened fire at a group of Palestinians. Eye witnesses said that Ajaj was on the roof of a building near a house which the forces were demolishing belonging to the chairman of the village council.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 1/9/2003
Exhibition on the Jews of Morocco, a message of hope, reason
Andre Azoulay, Advisor to King Mohammed VI, on Tuesday said the exhibition held in Brussels on the Jews of Morocco is a message of hope and reason that fills all Moroccans with pride.
Morocco, Culture, 1/9/2003
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A Syrian military spokesman declared the following: " About 13:30 on Wednesday January 8th 2003, while three Syrian citizens, including two policemen (Privates) in sports wear, were heading towards the meeting point of the Raqqad Waddi with the Yarmmouk River at the Demilitarized Zone to fill drinking water, were shot by the Israeli side, a thing that led to the martyrdom of one and missing the other," adding " Shooting Syrian citizens within the demilitarized zone is considered a violation of the disengagement forces agreement and an unjustified provocation. Investigations are undergoing now for appropriate measures be taken," the spokesman said.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad received yesterday in Damascus Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament, Nabih Berri and Lebanese Minister of Health Solieman Franjieh.
Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak will receive Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who is due in Cairo on January 22 for a three-day working visit to Egypt, said Malaysian ambassador in Cairo Abu Bakr Daoud.
Amman will host on January 10-11, in a meeting gathering peers representing states of the free trade zone: Tunisia, Jordan, Egypt and Moroco where an accord related to these states' free trade agreement will be signed during this meeting.
Head of the National Council of the American Arab relations in Washington John Duke Anthony affirmed yesterday in a lecture he delivered in Abu Dhabi that Israel has great interest in having the American military strike against Iraq and in the redrawing a new map to the region. "Israel will invest the military strike against Iraq to liquidate the Palestinian Resistance, the Intifada, and expel the Palestinian People out of their land," Anthony said in a lecture at Zayed Center for Coordination and Following-Up.
The European Union EU yesterday called on Israel to immediately lift the embargo on the travel Israel imposes on Palestinian officials. The EU said that preventing the Palestinians from attending London's conference will be conducive to more hatred and extremism in the region.
In a statement issued yesterday, the Turkish foreign ministry denied the statement attributed by one of the Turkish dailies to the foreign minister Yashar Yakash which said that the only solution for the Iraqi question lies in sending the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to exile.
The Jordanian daily al-Dostour said yesterday that the attorney general of the state security court in Amman detained on Tuesday five persons from Maan, southern Jordan, because of the incidents which took place in the said city last Ramadan which lasted for 15 days.
The first joint meeting for the Arab ministers of the interior and information will be held on Wednesday in Tunisia to discuss the Arab information document on security awareness and crime, taking into account the dimensions of the pan Arab national security and the national security of the Arab states, along with use of drugs and terrorism.
Kuwait's minister of information Ahmad Fahad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, who is acting minister of oil, yesterday announced Kuwait's support for increasing the production of the OPEC states of oil by 2 million barrels daily.
A fire erupted yesterday at one department of the Jordanian foreign ministry headquarters and was limited to material losses. Sources at the Jordanian foreign ministry said that the fire erupted before the arrival of the ministry's employees to their ministry during the morning shift and the civil defense teams which hurried to the site and controlled the fire, whose reasons have not known yet.
Head of the National Union of Syrian Students (NUSS), Ammar Saati yesterday in Damascus received the students delegations of Algeria, Sudan and Cuba participating at the 4th General Conference of the Arab Students, due to be held in Damascus on Thursday.
The tomb of Ba Nashi in the Cairo suburb of Ain Shams will be open to the public for the first time since it was discovered in 1988. The tomb is the only one left dating from pharaonic times in Cairo.