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French president visits Morocco to display support and encouragement to the kingdom
France, he added, is intent to bring backing to Morocco in the set of pressing challenges and threats it is facing
Morocco-France, Politics, 10/9/2003
French president: Morocco's choices will lead to economic development, social progress
"Morocco has made a bold choice for modernity and democratization," said the French president who hailed the Moroccan experience "as a rare example of a country that chose to open onto the world while respecting its deep identity."
Morocco-France, Politics, 10/9/2003
Mauritanian expatriates not allowed voting in presidential election
The Mauritanian nationals living abroad will not be allowed to vote in next presidential election, set for November 7, announced in Nouakchott Wednesday the Mauritanian Interior ministry.
Mauritania, Politics, 10/9/2003
France supports Sahara issue solution that takes into account Morocco's interests
France supports a solution to the Sahara issue "that takes into account Morocco's interests and regional stability," said, here Wednesday, French President Jacques Chirac.
Morocco-France, Politics, 10/9/2003
King Abdullah: American policy is Naive; Jordan working behind the scene for settlement
King Abdullah II of Jordan has described Washington's foreign policy as Naive and lacks cultural sensitivity "despite the fact that President George Bush is committed to achieve peace in the Middle East."
Jordan-USA, Politics, 10/9/2003
Al-Rai: Jordan: the decision to freeze Hamas assets was an administrative mistake
The Jordanian daily al-Rai quoted the governor of the central bank of Jordan Umaya Touqan as saying yesterday that the decision taken to freeze the assets of Hamas movement and other groups by the beginning of September was an administrative error.
Jordan-Palestine, Politics, 10/9/2003
Work completed on UN treaty to fight corruption worldwide
In a number of countries, corruption has led to the depletion of national wealth. Some of those countries, whose former dictators have stolen hundreds of millions, or even billions, of dollars, have made a great contribution to the search for new rules, including the Philippines and Nigeria.
Regional, Politics, 10/9/2003
Lahoud meets with Larsen on ME developments
The Lebanese President Emile Lahoud on Wednesday said that Syria and Lebanon's resort to the UN Security Council following continued Israeli violations and the aggression on the Syrian lands is a procedure that expresses unshaken trust in the international community's ability to curb the logic of force and prevent repetition of the Israeli aggression.
Lebanon-UN, Politics, 10/9/2003
Hewlett Packard's CEO sees huge economic potential in Arab states
But I think he would also ask why there is so little cooperation in the land that taught the world what it knows about cooperation. Why is so much closed in a land that taught the world what it means to have an open society? Why do we have 22 separate Arab nations with their own rules and systems and barriers, when the rest of the world took its example and created prosperous trading blocs?
Regional-USA, Economics, 10/9/2003
France for swift transfer of sovereignty to Iraqi people
French president, Jacques chirac, has urged the United Nations to play "a locomotive role" in ensuring a swift transfer of sovereignty to the Iraqi people, and to assist Iraqis in drafting their own constitution and in preparing elections.
Iraq-France, Politics, 10/9/2003
Qathafi warns Italy of damage to its interests in Libya
Libya's Leader of the Revolution Colonel Muammar al Qathafi yesterday threatened Italy that it will loose "its interests in Libya," unless it pays compensations for the years of the Italian occupation of Libya.
Libya-Italy, Politics, 10/9/2003
Morocco sees to teach humanitarian law concepts in schools
Morocco is seeing to include humanitarian law concepts in the new school curricula, education and youth minister, Habib El Malki, said.
Morocco-Regional, Education, 10/9/2003
National conference party opened in Khartoum with Syrian participation
The Sudanese National Ruling Conference began in Khartoum yesterday deliberations with the participation of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party's delegation headed by Member of the Regional Leadership, Waleed al-Bouz.
Sudan-Syria, Politics, 10/9/2003
Oman exempts Palestinian goods from customs tax
"The Sultanate has decided to exempt Palestinian products and commodities from customs duties and allowing import of Palestinian goods without any restrictions on their types or quantities," Oman's News Agency reported yesterday.
Oman-Palestine, Economics, 10/9/2003
Three Israeli soldiers wounded near Nablus, Qrei backtracks the emergency government
The new Palestinian prime minister Ahmad Qrei was subjected to pressures opposing the formation of an emergency government on the Palestinian arena, especially inside the Fatah movement, and decided to introduce his government today at the legislative council in order to win its confidence for an ordinary government.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 10/9/2003
Al-Ta'akhi: US in Iraq remove tomb of Michael Aflaq
An official in the Iraqi police said that the American forces removed the tomb of the founder of the dissolved Baath party, Michael Aflaq, and leveled it to earth, in implementation of the decision to desolve this party following the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 10/9/2003
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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad received in Damascus on Wednesday a telephone call from Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saleh expressed his condemnation and denunciation over the Israeli aggression on the Syrian lands stressing his country's support and solidarity with Syria.
Saudi Arabia has renewed its condemnation and denunciation over the Israeli aggression on the Syrian lands calling on the UN Security Council to take decisive measures against Israel to halt its "provocative practices."
President of the United Arab Emirates UAE Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan yesterday appointed his son Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed as a deputy prime minister. Hamdan will continue also his work as a minister of state for foreign affairs, in addition to his new post. Thereby Hamdan is the second deputy premier beside Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed, who is also one of Sheikh Zayed's children.
Witnesses in al-Nabateyah area in south Lebanon said yesterday that Israeli warplanes violated the sound barrier over the south and flew in the airspace of Beirut and the Bekaa plain until northern Lebanon.
Malaysian Minister of Energy, Communication, and Multi-Media, Dato Amar Leo Moggie and an accompanying delegation arrived in Damascus yesterday. In a statement to SANA, he said his visit aims at following up on the issues agreed on during the Malaysian Prime Minister's visit to Syria in exchanging viewpoints and industrial cooperation particularly in the domain of electricity.
Syria's chairman of the federation of the Syrian chambers of commerce, Rateb al-Shallah met yesterday an Italian trade delegation headed by the Chairman of the Federation of Arab-Italian Chamber of Trade Sergi Martini. The meeting was attended by businessmen on the significance of encounters between investors from both countries to boost trade exchange as well as exchange of expertise and services.
European parliament deputy and former president of the European commission, Jacques Santer, called Tuesday "for more than partnership" between Morocco and the Union.
An inspection team of the International Football Federation (FIFA) arrived here Tuesday for a week-long visit to weigh Morocco's ability to host the 2010 World Cup.