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Paris opposes any solution to Sahara issue without consent of all parties
France said on Tuesday it opposes any settlement to the Sahara issue that does not enjoy the consent of all the parties.
Morocco-France, Politics, 7/15/2003
Khartoum asks for Arab mediation, al-Bashir denounces IGAD proposals
The Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir called yesterday IGAD for providing an alternative for the peace proposals debated in the negotiations with the rebels, otherwise "leave us and go to hell."
Sudan, Politics, 7/15/2003
Kuwait: the formation of the first government outside the control of the crown prince
Kuwait's designated prime minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah yesterday formed his first Kuwaiti government. As usual, al-Sabah family kept the main posts in this Cabinet. This was upon the decision taken by Kuwait's Amir Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah to separate the two posts of the crown prince and the presidency of the government.
Kuwait, Politics, 7/15/2003
Tunisian prime minister in Morocco for Moroccan-Tunisian high commission
Tunisian prime minister, Mohamed Ghannouchi, arrived Monday in Rabat where he will co-chair with Moroccan peer, Driss Jettou, the 11th session of the Moroccan-Tunisian High Commission scheduled this July 14-15.
Morocco-Tunisia, Economics, 7/15/2003
Morocco denies news on security council decision over Sahara issue
Moroccan foreign affairs and cooperation foreign affairs and cooperation minister, Mohammed Benaissa, denied new reports that the UN Security Council took a decision over the Sahara issue, stressing that consultations are still ongoing.
Morocco-USA, Politics, 7/15/2003
Pope's stances are appreciated in the Arab states
The Vatican announced yesterday that the condemnation pronounced by Pope John Paul II of the American military interference in Iraq and his call for a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East were appreciated in the Arab states.
Regional-Vatican, Politics, 7/15/2003
Ivanov in Jordan to strengthen UN Security Council role
Russia has called for the implementation of the Roadmap comprehensively and to enhancing the role of the UN Security Council in the process of rebuilding Iraq, while Jordan has stressed the need of enhancing security in Iraq and avoiding "sectarian representation" of the Iraqi political forces in the institutions of the forthcoming authority.
Jordan-Russia, Politics, 7/15/2003
Sequestered Moroccans in Tindouf arrested and tortured
A group of Moroccans sequestered in the Tindouf camps (southwestern Algeria) by the Polisario have recently faced a wave of arrests and torture after they rose up against inhumane practices in the camps, controlled by the Polisario secessionists.
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 7/15/2003
A Gulf tour for Abi Zeid
The commander of the US Central leadership, Army Lieutenant General John Abizaid, will hold a Gulf tour to be preceded by his first station in Turkey by the end of this week, after he had assumed the missions of his new post in succession of Gen. Tommy Francs.
Gulf-USA, Politics, 7/15/2003
Israel demolishes a village in the Golan
The Israeli occupation forces in the Syrian Golan Heights have been demolishing houses of al-Khushneyah village, described by former Syrian parliamentarian and chairman of the Syrian detainees and prisoners in the Israeli jails, Midhat Saleh, "as an aggression expected aimed to totally demolish the village or prepare for adding a new Israeli settlement" to the already 40 established Israeli settlements in the Golan.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 7/15/2003
Palestinian child, 12, was wounded as a mob of Jewish settlers attacked him
AŹ Palestinian child, 12, was wounded as a mob of Jewish settlers attacked him physically in Hebron City.
Palestine-Israel, Military, 7/15/2003
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Morocco's King Mohammed VI held this Monday phone talks with French president, Jacques Chirac. The two heads of state hailed the evolution in the already exceptional and remarkable partnership between the two countries, and also exchanged viewpoints on the Sahara issue, in light of the ongoing consultation at the UN Security Council.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad received yesterday a French Administration Experts Delegation consisting of Jacques Fournier and Marie Francoise Pichtel. They handed a message to from French President Jacques Chirac on cooperation, and they contents of the report on a reform strategy and regarding the diagnosis of the basic problems of the administration in Syria.
Morocco's King Mohammed VI held this Monday phone talks with US president George W. Bush. Talks covered various regional and international issues, and latest developments in the United Nations about the Moroccan Sahara issue as the UN security council started on Friday looking into the Sahara issue.
Morocco's King Mohammed VI received on Tuesday in the royal palace here the Arab League's secretary general, Amr Moussa, who arrived here on the same day for a two-day visit.
The Canadian foreign ministry yesterday recommended its citizens to avoid traveling to Saudi Arabia, only when it is necessary, because of the tensions and "terrorist threats" in the region. The statement added that as for the Canadians already in Saudi Arabia they have if their existence there is not necessary to consider leaving.
Syria's Foreign Minister Farouk Al-Shara received in Damascus on Monday Director of the Middle East program of the international crisis group, Robert Mali.
The Economic and Trade Advisor of the Ukrainian Embassy in Damascus Sergi Basco stressed in Damascus yesterday that Syria is the most important partner for Ukraine in the Middle East.
The European Cabinet announced that the Belgian diplomat Marc Oti was appointed yesterday officially as an envoy for the European Union to the Middle East in succession for the Spanish Miguel Angle Moratinos.
World triple champ, Morocco's Hicham El Guerrouj, on Sunday won the 1,500 m race in the Norwich Union Classic of Gateshead, by crossing his favorite distance in 3:33.41.
Moroccan equipment and transport minister said he was stunned by reports that a company has sold plane tickets on bogus charter flights to Moroccan expats in France who planned to return to Morocco for the summer holiday.