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US and Israeli plan details reported, embarrassment in Israel
The Palestinian government is said to have accepted a set of US ideas that were meant to serve as a springboard to revive the peace process, Israeli sources said Friday.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 3/20/1998
Annan, Meguid discuss Israel-Lebanon and regional problems
Annan said, regarding his visit to Lebanon and talks about UN resolution 425 and the Israeli offers of conditional withdrawal from south Lebanon, that the UN role in this respect is crystal clear in that 425 "has to be implemented, and I will discuss this matter with the Lebanese officials and in Israel.
Regional, Politics, 3/20/1998
Lebanese Cabinet endorses Hrawi civil marriage plan
The Lebanese Cabinet on Thursday night endorsed a proposal submitted by President Hrawi to deal with civil marriage as a voluntary option for couples, ignoring strong opposition from Christian and Muslim clergy, who view the procedure as sacrilegious.
Lebanon, Politics, 3/20/1998
Looking Eastward, Italian Orientalist painters
One of the first and one of the very finest Italian Orientalists was Ippolito Caffi, a Venetian by birth, and there are traces of the great Venetian tradition in his interpretation of the Moslem and Arab world. There are others like Bossoli, with a background in stage design, who laid out his views in scenographic fashion.
Regional, Culture, 3/20/1998
Arab states give greater focus to African cooperation
Many in the Arab states' business companies see great opportunities to expand their sales into the African market with Egypt making greatest inroads and effort in the region.
Regional, Economics, 3/20/1998
Palestine looks for foreign investment
The Palestinian Legislative Council hopes to finish its deliberations on a special law that regulates foreign investments in Palestinian-controlled areas "in order to open doors wide for foreign investors to come forward and help the creation of a strong Palestinian economy."
Palestine, Economics, 3/20/1998
Iranian official in Jordan to boost bilateral relations
Jordan's acting Prime Minister and Information Minister Abdullah al-Nsour on Thursday held talks with Iranian deputy minister of culture and Islamic guidance Masjid Jami' on means of strengthening bilateral relations, especially cultural and information relations.
Jordan-Iran, Politics, 3/20/1998
Egyptian president's wife recognized for efforts in girl's education
The US Agency for International Development directed an invitation to Susan Mubarak, president Mubarak's wife, to attend the "Internationals Girls Education Conference" that will be held in Whashington D.C.
Egypt, Education, 3/20/1998
Palestinians boycott Athens media conference
Našim Toubasi, head of Palestinian Journalists Association, said that names of Palestinian journalists who would participate in the conference will be blacklisted and excommunicated by the association and by the General Federation of Arab Journalists which bans all sorts of normalization with Israel.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 3/20/1998
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The French Foreign Ministry decided to host eight Egyptian students and one of their teachers, to attend World Cup soccer matches that will be held in France. They will specify the students tonight after a competition at the French embassy building in Cairo.
The Egyptian Ministry of Rural Development signed a report for joint cooperation between the Egyptian Productive Union for Cooperation and the Agriculture Cooperative Union in Yemen, to examine the Egyptian market's requirements for Yemeni goods and products and the Yemeni market's requirements for Egyptian goods.
Yesterday, Youssef Wali, the secretary-general of Egypt's ruling national party, signed an agreement aimed at strengthening relations between the two countries' youths to help face the coming century's challenges.
President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt on Thursday met with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, currently visiting Cairo, to discuss regional issues.
The assistant spokeswoman for the French Foreign Ministry on Thursday said UN resolution 425 does not state any preconditions concerning Israel's withdrawal from south Lebanon nor does it give guarantees to Israel.
The Jordanian Ministry of Interior on Thursday decided to cancel the security cards required for Syrian and Egyptian citizens in Jordan. Meanwhile, the Syrian embassy in Amman in a memorandum addressed to the Jordanian Foreign Ministry said that Syria would permit Jordanians to enter Syria without prior arrangements to get an entry visa.
United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan on Thursday discussed with Sultan Qaboos bin Saeed of Oman regional developments and agreed on the inportance of promoting joint cooperation in the Arab Gulf region and boosting Arab solidarity.
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa on Wednesday received special Russian presidential envoy Deputy Foreign Minister Viktor Posuvalyuk who conveyed a communique to al-Sharaa from his Russian counterpart Yevgeny Primakov.