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130 Lebanese prisoners to be released from Syrian jails
Lebanese sources said that only 25 Lebanese will remain in the Syrian jails after being convicted of espionage for Israel.
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 3/4/1998
Israel bombs guerrilla stronghold after attacks, civilian wounded
France has offered to mediate between Israel and Lebanon in case of an Israeli withdrawal. The Lebanese government, however, has rejected the withdrawal offer, saying Israel must withdraw without any preconditions.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 3/4/1998
Emirates ready to send a delegation to Tehran
Diplomatic sources in Emirates confirmed its readiness to send a delegation to Tehran to discuss solving their dispute over three Gulf Islands.
United Arab Emirates-Iran, Politics, 3/4/1998
Qatar pledges to compensate sacked Egyptian workers
Egyptian and Qatari officials said that Qatar has promised to compensate some 700 Egyptian workers whose contracts were terminated following disputes between the two countries.
Qatar-Egypt, Politics, 3/4/1998
Former Sudanese prime minister meets with US delegation in Cairo
The Sudanese parliament decided to hold an emergency session for three weeks, to discuss the draft of the new constitution , which allows the formation of political parties in the country.
Sudan, Politics, 3/4/1998
Sheikh Zayed, King Hussein call for implementation of Iraq agreement
UAE president Sheikh Zayed bin-Sultan al-Nahyan and King Hussein of Jordan called for full implementation of the UN - Iraq deal concerning the weapons inspections in Iraq.
Regional-United Arab Emirates, Politics, 3/4/1998
Hamas: Israel trying to distort martyrdom concept
Israel is trying to distort the image of Islamic resistance by means of portraying those who blow themselves up in suicide bombings as if they did so for the sake of money, said a leading member of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas.
Palestine-Israel, Judicial, 3/4/1998
U.S. move to hit economic well-being of Sudan and Egypt
Sudanese sources said the US is undertaking a move in cooperation with the International Bank to damage the economic well-being of Egypt and Sudan.
Sudan-Egypt, Economics, 3/4/1998
King Hassan II: Israeli intransigence will end sooner or later
King Hassan II of Morocco today said the policy of intransigence pursued by the Israeli government will come to an end sooner or later due to its violations of international law and defiance to the international community.
Morocco-Israel, Politics, 3/4/1998
Baghdad levels charges against US, UNSCOM
Iraq accused inspectors in UNSCOM of premeditated insistence on offending Iraq by leaking false information to the foreign newspapers.
Iraq, International, 3/4/1998
Saad Shazeli: U.S. military buildup to strike Iran and Syria next
Lieutenant General Saad El-Din El-Shazeli the ex-Egyptian chief of staff in October war 1973, said that the U.S. goal in striking Iraq in 1991 was not only the liberation of Kuwait, but the comprehensive destruction of the Iraqi military machine.
Regional, Politics, 3/4/1998
Lebanon-Saudi Arabia sign a memorandum of understanding
It stipulates that the Saudi fund will offer US $100 million to help finance development projects in Lebanon specified by the council and the fund.
Lebanon-Saudi Arabia, Economics, 3/4/1998
Arab Fund allots 40 million for Jordanian projects
The Arab Fund allotted KD 40 million to finance development projects in Jordan. Two agreements were signed yesterday by the fund's chairman, Abdul-Latif al-Hamed, and Jordanian Minister of Planning Reema Khalaf.
Jordan, Economics, 3/4/1998
Israelis learn Arabic in Gaza
Tadmur, a peace activist and secretary of the Palestinian-Israeli Cooperation Organization, said holding such courses "is essential for promoting peace and understanding between the two sides, despite the approach of the Israeli government."
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 3/4/1998
UAE deputy premier calls on US envoy for resumption of peace talks
Deputy premier in the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed al-Nahyan, today stressed the need to establish just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East region.
United Arab Emirates, Politics, 3/4/1998
Foreign leaders to visit Palestine
Minister of planning and international cooperation, Dr. Nabil Shaath said that on March 18 the Italian president will visit Gaza to meet with President Arafat. Two days later, he said, Austria's chancellor will follow.
Palestine, Politics, 3/4/1998
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Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal on Tuesday met with Iranian secretary of the foreign ministry for parliamentary affairs Muhammad Ali Hadi to discuss issues of mutual concern and regional and international developments.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Muhammad Saeed al-Sahaf on Tuesday said Iraq will commit itself to the accord signed with the UN. In a statement to the BBC al-Sahaf refused US and British warnings concerning the decision taken by the UN Security Council over the implementation of UN resolutions on Iraq. He said Iraq knows that implementing the Baghdad accord will lead to the prompt removal of UN sanctions.
Syrian Higher Education Minister Salha Sanqar spoke to the Arab regional conference on higher education being held in Beirut on March 2-5, noting the importance of the conference in enhancing the unity of scientific and educational action.
The Iraqi ambassador in Amman, Nouri al-Weis, said efforts were made between Iraq and Jordan to initiate a dialogue between Iraq and the US, Jordanian daily al-Aswak reported.
Jordanian Minister of Interior Nazir Rashid on Tuesday said the Jordanian embassy in Tehran was instructed to facilitate the arrival of any Iranian citizen to Jordan on his way to Mecca for pilgrimage or to visit religious sites in Jordan. Rashid noted the top-level efforts in the two countries to develop Jordanian - Iranian relations.
Arab Gulf sources said on Tuesday that foreign ministers of Gulf Cooperation Council states will discuss during their meeting Saturday the accord signed between Iraq and the UN and the Middle East peace process, the Saudi Okaz reported.
Bahrain and Rwanda on Tuesday agreed to establish diplomatic relations by exchanging ambassadors.
Officials in the United Arab Emirates welcomed Oman's call for a meeting of oil producers within and outside OPEC, aimed at stopping the crude oil price slide.
Bahrain called for changes in Arab labor laws at the Arab Labor Conference in Luxor, Gulf News reported.
UNESCO has launched a drive to preserve historic remains in the Lebanese city of Tyre, Bahrain Tribune reported.
An Algerian newspaper said 128 instances of human rights violations by Algerian police are noted in an official report, Bahrain Tribune reported.
UN Secretary-General Annan is expected to name Prakash Shah as his new envoy to Iraq, Fox News reported.
Egypt opened 10 tombs and three pyramids to the public for the first time, CNN reported.
Sudanese businessmen are expected to be in Alexandria in mid-March to discuss establishing new investment projects with Egyptian businessmen, tackling commercial, agricultural and irrigation projects.
The conference for joint Arab market and economic development in the region will be held next Sunday in Cairo.
Jordan's Prime Minister Abdul-Salam al-Majali held talks with UAE Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Sultan bin-Zayed on bilateral relations, the Middle East peace process and the Iraqi governmental crisis.