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Arab foreign ministers speak at l09th session convene
Arab united action called for. Moussa considered the declarations of the Israeli Minister of Defense Yitzhak Mordechai in this regard to be a serious escalation of the situation
Regional, Politics, 3/25/1998
Ross arrives with no initiative as right wing threatens walkout
Palestinian Minister of Higher Education Hanan Ashrawi said the Israeli rejection of the 13 percent scope of Israeli redeployment in the West Bank that was attributed to the US shows how intransigent the Israeli government is with regard to honoring its own commitment in the interim agreements.
Palestine-Israel-USA, Politics, 3/25/1998
Palestinian security warns Arafat against elections
The Palestinian security body asked Palestinian President Yasser Arafat not to permit municipal elections, expecting the triumph of the Islamic resistance movement, Hamas
Palestine, Politics, 3/25/1998
Chief of US troops in Europe visits Tunis
Tunisian President Zein al-Abidin Bin Ali on Tuesday received the commander of the US armed forces in Europe, Gen. Wesley Clark, who is on a three-day visit to the country.
Tunisia-USA, Politics, 3/25/1998
Turkish -Syrian agriculture ministers meet in Damascus
Tashar said his country opposes the use of the phrase "international waters" at the UN General Assembly and will not accept it at the FAO conference. He asked this phrase to be replaced by "border-crossing waters."
Syria-Turkey, Economics, 3/25/1998
Algeria studies cooperation with Sudan
Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismael confirmed his countries' support for the reforms made by Algerian President Liamine Zeroual and denied that Khartoum supports the Armed Islamic Group, the organization most often blamed for ongoing incidents of violence in Algeria.
Sudan-Algeria, Politics, 3/25/1998
UAE reiterates call to lift Iraqi sanctions
As for OPEC's current crisis, caused by falling oil prices, Sheikh Maktoum said that his Emirate, Dubai, one of seven UAE emirates, was not affected by the recession in oil prices as oil represents just 18% of Dubai' s GDP.
United Arab Emirates-Iraq, Politics, 3/25/1998
Syrian Foreign Minister meets with Arafat
Egyptian President Mubarak succeeded during the 1996 Arab Summit in Cairo in convening a meeting between Arafat and Syria's President Assad, although their relations had ceased since Arafat signed the Oslo agreements, concerning Palestinian self-rule with Israel, in 1993.
Syria-Palestine, Politics, 3/25/1998
Irani foreign minister is to visit Damascus
Iranian diplomatic sources confirmed that Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi will pay a visit to Damascus this week, where he will hold talks with his Syrian counterpart, Farouk al-Sharaa.
Syria-Iran, Politics, 3/25/1998
Lebanese fighters attack Israeli positions in Beit Yahoun
Lebanese resistance forces on Tuesday morning attacked an Israeli military post in Beit Yahoun. In a statement the resistance said another group of resistance fighters fired shots at Israeli positions in the al-Qantara area. The Israeli positions were directly hit as a result of the two attacks.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 3/25/1998
Egypt believes in the Somali unity
Mohammed Shaban, the assistant Egyptian foreign minister for African affairs, confirmed Egypt's great belief in Somali unity, its lands' security, the importance of settling the current dispute and restoring the country's government.
Egypt-Somalia, Politics, 3/25/1998
Eritrean visit lowers tensions with Yemen
Informed sources in the Yemeni capital said they believe the coming period will view mutual visits to bridge the differences between the two sides.
Yemen-Eritrea, Politics, 3/25/1998
Palestinian prisoners demand to enroll in their own universities
The Dameer [Arabic for conscience] Organization said that families of 30 Palestinian prisoners held in the southern desert prison of Nafha had enrolled in the Hebrew University but are facing major financial problems and cannot afford to study there.
Palestine-Israel, Education, 3/25/1998
Israeli lifted a ban on U.S. rabbi who said Rabin deserves death
Israel lifted a ban imposed on an American rabbi, which had barred him from entering Israel.
Israel-USA, Politics, 3/25/1998
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The Food and Agriculture Organization's director-general, Jacques Daiouf, on Tuesday warned against the food gap, and renewable water resources in the Near East, which has been growing since 1990.
An official source at the Egyptian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said that the meeting of the Egyptian-Palestinian higher joint committee set to be held on Saturday was postponed until the aftermath of al-Adha Eid.
The Saudi News Agency on Tuesday said that King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz received Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at al-Yamama palace in Riyadh.
Kuwait's International Trade Fair was opened today through April 3 with the participation of some 130 Arab and foreign companies to boost trade between Kuwait and most of the world's countries, especially Arab states.
The Egyptian "Akher Sa'aa" magazine said that Jordan has agreed to a contract providing for it to export two tons of white sand for construction projects in Israel to fill its shortage in building materials.
Bahrain's ruler, Sheikh Issa Bin Salman al-Khaleifa, today received a message from King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia pertaining to means of strengthening bilateral relations, Gulf News Agency reported.
French Diplomatic sources said today that a large delegation of French businessmen will pay a four-day visit to Algeria starting Friday to consolidate economic relations between the two countries to build new grounds for partnership and investment in Algeria.
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat today called for an international initiative sponsored by the UN to revive the Middle East peace process.
Iraqi Minister of Information and Culture Humam Abdul Khaleq today said his country is ready to start a new page in inter-Arab relations and normalize relations with those countries with which relations were disturbed.
Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz today met separately with ambassadors from France and Uruguay to discuss bilateral relations.
The speaker of Israel's Knesset, Dan Tichon, accused the UN of being too one-sided to participate in the peace process during a visit by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Nando Times reported.
A German-UAE archeological team unearthed the remains of a human settlement that is estimated to be over 7,000 year old in Jebel Al Buhais in Sharjah, Khaleej Times reported.
UN weapons inspection teams composed of UNSCOM inceptors accompanied by diplomats are ready to begin inspections of Iraqi presidential sites, Fox News reported.
Nassir Al Hindawi, considered the creator of the Iraqi chemical weapons program, was arrested as he prepared to flee Iraq, Bahrain Tribune reported.
A court in Libya has started a trial in absentia for eight former US officials for the 1986 bombing of Tripoli and Benghazi, Fox News reported.
An appeal by four human rights activists, jailed for involvement in a television program about slavery in Mauritania, was rejected by a Mauritanian court, CNN reported.
Algerian security forces have arrested a 35-member gang used to give material supplies to armed groups and planning criminal acts. Meanwhile, Algerian dailies published on Tuesday said Algerian security forces found the body of a young man slaughtered in a wood near Teizo Ozo city, and the Armed Islamic Group kidnapped one citizen in Franda city.
Libya's assistant secretary at the people's conference secretariat, Abdul Hamid al-Zanati, on Tuesday met at Sert city with a delegation from the Iraqi National Council, currently visiting Libya. Cooperation between the Libyan People's General Conference and the Iraqi National Assembly were reviewed.
Moroccan policemen confiscated a large amount of Hashish, estimated at 2,622 kilograms, being carried on a truck on the highway between Rabat and Qantara and which was to be smuggled to France, al-Alam reported.