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Algerian FM: upcoming meeting between King Mohammed and President Bouteflika
Algerian Foreign Minister, Abdelaziz Belkhadem, on Friday announced a meeting shortly between King Mohammed VI and President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria.
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 2/8/2003
Mrs Mubarak launches One Million Book Initiative
The Mrs Mubarak initiative calls for printing and selling one million copies of a very important and interesting Arabic book for children, simultaneously on the same day in all Arab capitals.
Regional-Egypt, Culture, 2/8/2003
Egypt's First Lady to launch homeless children project, Recognized in Damascus for 'reading for all' and women projects
Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak Chairman of Technical Consultative Committee for National Council for motherhood and childhood announced details of the national strategy for protection and lodging homeless children.
Egypt, Culture, 2/8/2003
Jordanian, Egyptian summit in al-Aqaba
Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak meets King Abdullah II Ring of Jordan in Aqba on Saturday for talks on Iragi crisis and situation in Palestinian territories in the light of his continued contact at all levels to head off war and resolve the Palestinian cause.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 2/8/2003
An agreement between Sudanese government and rebels
The official spokesman for the Sudanese government delegation to peace negotiations Sayed al-Khatib has stressed that the third round of the negotiations with the rebels concluded on Thursday in Kenya and had agreed to several points included the general principles for sharing the authority and reviewing the constitution; human rights and continued negotiations on pending issues in order to reach solutions for them.
Sudan, Politics, 2/8/2003
Saudi Arabia discloses a national plan to fight poverty
Saudi Arabia, the largest exporter and producer of oil in the world, has disclosed a national plan to fight poverty in the Kingdom.
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 2/8/2003
Austrian FM in Morocco part of efforts to peacefully settle Iraq crisis
Austrian Foreign Minister, Ms. Ferrero Waldner, on Friday said her visit to Morocco is part of ongoing efforts to settle the Iraq crisis through peaceful channels.
Morocco-Austria, Politics, 2/8/2003
Greece looks to UN inspectors' to solve the Iraqi crisis
Greek Foreign Minister, Georges Papandreou, whose country is acting chairman of the European Union (EU), said in Cairo on Friday he relies on the mission of United Nations (UN) inspectors in Iraq to solve the Iraqi crisis.
Iraq-Greece, Politics, 2/8/2003
Izvestia: Aziz threatens a second Stalingrad
Iraq has threatened the Americans and the Britons of a "second Stalingrad" if they invade Iraq, at a time when Baghdad showed further cooperation with the UN inspection teams, and following a separate meeting held by the inspectors with an Iraqi scientist for three hours, the Iraqis opened the doors of two missile sites in order to refute statements made by the US Secretary of State Colin Powell in which he indicated that the two sites are used in manufacturing banned weapons.
Iraq-Russia, Politics, 2/8/2003
Al-Hayat: A second UN resolution on Iraq, American sources
Official American sources told the London- based al-Hayat daily in its yesterday's issue disclosed a British- American formula ready for a second resolution by the UN security council against Iraq, that will be proposed by Britain in case the diplomatic efforts exerted by the US President George Bush will end the French opposition to war.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 2/8/2003
Hurriyet: Gul, Ramadan held secret meeting
In its yesterday's ( Friday ) issue, the Turkish daily Hurriyet said that the Turkish prime minister Abdullah Gul informed the Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan during the meeting he had held with them, secretly last Monday in Ankara the details of the high- tech developments which took place in Washington following the Gulf war and the need to take into consideration the number of bombs which will be dropped on Iraq per one minute in case an American military operation is held against it, Iraq.
Iraq-Turkey, Politics, 2/8/2003
British minister decries Israeli destruction, killing policy
British Secretary of State to the Foreign Office, Mike O'Brian denounced in London on Thursday the destruction of Palestinian houses and the killing of two Palestinian nurses by Israeli forces.
Palestine-UK, Politics, 2/8/2003
Israeli forces continue breaking in, destruction operations against the Palestinians
Following a bloody day in the Palestinian territories resulted in killing six Palestinians and arresting scores in breaking in operations of the areas of the West Bank and Gaza after which two Israeli soldiers were killed and other two wounded in an operation by the Palestinians, the Israeli forces continued the policy of collective punishment against the Palestinians.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 2/8/2003
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A phone call was made yesterday between Syria's Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara and his Turkish counterpart Yasar Yakis.
Senior advisor for the Turkish prime minister Ahmad Abdullah Oglo will arrive today in Damascus. He will hold talks in Damascus that will help increasing the level of contacts between Syria and Turkey.
The Italian prime minister Selvio Berloskony announced yesterday that he had asked Libya's Leader of the Revolution Colonel Muammar al Qathafi to mediate with Iraq in the context of efforts aiming to spare a military attack against Baghdad, adding that he is still waiting for the answer from the Libyan leader.
The Greek foreign minister George Papandreau whose country assumed the presidency of the European Union considered that it is possible to find out a diplomatic outlet for the Iraqi crisis if Iraq will answer specifically questions of the UN inspection teams Hans Blix and Muhammad al-Baradi during their mission which starts today in Baghdad, while the Greek minister discussed in Cairo the possibility of sending an Arab- European delegation to Baghdad.
The Spanish defense ministry yesterday denied a press report that the US asked Spain to take part in sending an anti chemical weapons contingent in case the US launches a war against Iraq.
The secretary general of the Arab League Amr Mousa yesterday in Cairo discussed with the Greek foreign minister George Papandreau, whose country presides over the current rotating presidency of the European Union developments concerning the Iraqi issue and the Arab and European move to reach a peaceful solution for it through supporting the efforts of the UN inspectors and giving them enough time in performing their works and to submit their reports to the UN Security Council.
The Sudanese foreign minister Mustafa Othman Ismael has stressed his country's rejection to any mediation with Eritrea unless the complaint filed by Sudan to the African federation concerning their bilateral differences will be settled.
The Israeli TV said that the Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon met recently with high ranking Palestinian officials.
Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni will inaugurate mid this year the project of developing Luxor Museum after the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) finalizes an extension of the museum to comprise about 3000 artifacts telling the military and glory of the ancient city of Thebes.