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Assad: Israeli pledge to withdraw from the Golan deposited with the US
Asked about the Syrian defense minister's recent announcement that Syria has a document relating to a message from US President Bill Clinton on Israel's offer to pull out of the, Assad said: "There is no document in the full sense of the word, but there were negotiations."
Syria, Politics, 4/16/1998
President Mubarak: European role should be a complement to US role
Mubarak said, "If Israel wants to withdraw unconditionally from South Lebanon in accordance with the Resolution 425, no one will reject this. But if it sets negotiations as a precondition to withdraw neither Syria nor Lebanon will agree on this."
Egypt-Syria, Politics, 4/16/1998
Sudanese civil war: a new round of peace negotiations
Towards the end of this month representatives of the Sudanese government are expected to meet with their counterparts in the Sudan's People Liberation Army ( SPLA ) at the Kenyan capital Nairobi to resume peace negotiations
Sudan, Reporter's View, 4/16/1998
US Middle East peace process coordinator in the region next week
Washington announced on Wednesday that US Middle East peace process coordinator Dennis Ross will arrive in the region on April 24 in a new attempt to eliminate the year-long stalemate on the Palestinian -Israeli peace track.
Palestine-Israel-USA, Politics, 4/16/1998
New Syrian-Lebanese coordination effort regarding Israel planned
The sources added that next Tuesday, Hariri will visit Cairo at Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's invitation, to discuss developments in the region. The sources continued, Hariri's two-day visit does not fall in the course of visits to explain the Lebanese stand concerning the Israeli proposals.
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 4/16/1998
Nazik al-Malaika and the search for the self poetry
In 1944, she graduated from the Baghdad faculty of letters, Arabic department with honors. Um Nizar, Nazik's mother, was herself a poet, and her father was a teacher of Arabic grammar in Baghdad secondary schools. He left a twenty volume encyclopedia on Arabic grammar and literature.
Iraq, Literature, 4/16/1998
Lockerbie victims' families want a solution
James Swire, spokesman for a group of faimilies of UK victims of the 1988 Pan Am bombing, said the AL had made many efforts to ease the impasse over the Lockerbie bombing, and said his group came to consultations concerning methods of breaking the current deadlock and to listen to Abdel Meguid.
Libya-Regional-UK, Politics, 4/16/1998
Lebanese Premier rejects Israeli conditional proposal from Lebanon
On the US call on Lebanon to study the Israeli proposal on the conditional withdrawal from south Lebanon, Hariri said: "We want Israel to withdraw from south Lebanon immediately and unconditionally," and he said the US, the main sponsor of the Middle East peace process, called on Lebanon to study the Israeli proposal but Lebanon completely rejects the Israeli conditions.
Lebanon-Syria-USA, Politics, 4/16/1998
Regaining 60% of the tourists activities in Egypt
Mamdouh El-Beltagi, the Egyptian minister of tourism, said that Egypt has regained 60% of its tourist traffic and that 40,000 British citizens have visited Egypt since the Luxor incident, which confirms British citizens' strong desire to visit Egypt.
Egypt, Business, 4/16/1998
Atef Ebeid speaks on privatization efforts
Egyptian Minister of Public Works Attaif Ebeid stressed that Egypt is "seriously" studying a request to reduce annual aid delivered by the US with civil donations estimated at US $1 billion, but "no tangible decision was so far taken in this respect."
Egypt-USA, Economics, 4/16/1998
Blair to visit Saudi Arabia on Saturday
Regional-UK, Politics, 4/16/1998
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The Saudi national soccer team will stay in the southern France city of St. Maxim to prepare for the World Cup tournament, Saudi Press Agency reported.
Qatar's Emir issued a decree amending the constitution of the Gulf state's Planning Council, Qatar News Agency reported.
German industrialist Karl Jungbeck is negotiating with Bahraini investors to establish a food processing plant there, Bahrain Tribune reported.
The UN Security Council met yesterday to discuss a three-month renewal of the UN MINURUSO mission dealing with the upcoming Saharan self-rule referendum. A report from UN Secretary-General Annan recommended renewal, though it noted delays in the process of identifying those eligible to vote in the referendum.
UAE President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan called for an Arab summit, Khaleej Times reported.
Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry said that 113 of 118 victims of last week's stampede during the Haj have been identified and buried, Nando Times reported.
UN Secretary-General Annan reiterated that the agreement he signed with Iraq called for unrestricted access to UN weapons inspectors, CNN reported.
A spokesman for the British Defense Ministry said yesterday that four British jet fighters of the Tornado type from the British Royal Air Force left a German air base in Brugin to strengthen the British military presence in the Gulf region. The AP quoted the spokesman as saying that the four jets will join another eight of the same type, stationed in Kuwait since February 1998.
China said today that it will dispatch by the end of the current month some 2,000 engineers to Sudan to start work on a 1540 km-long oil pipeline. Xinhua quoted an official at the Chinese "China National Petroleum Corp." company as saying that China won the contract in 1997.
Yemen and Germany today signed an agreement for cultural and scientific cooperation as German Minister of state for Foreign Affairs Helmut Schafer visited Sanaa. The agreement deals with means of developing cooperation in antiquities, preserving cultural heritage, exchanging visits of scientific delegation and experts and sport cooperation.
A Moroccan aircraft arrived in Baghdad today carrying humanitarian aid from the Labor - Democratic Confederation in Morocco. The Confederation's secretary-general, Nuber Muhammad al-Omawi, who escorted the aid said the shipment is composed of 10 tons of foodstuffs, as an expression of the solidarity voiced by the people of Morocco with Iraq.
The transportation committee in Egypt's People's Assembly (the parliament) approved yesterday a law granting foreigners as well the Egyptians the right to establish general or private harbors. The law would allow foreigners to manage, exploit, maintain and collect money in return for the use of the harbors.
The Qatari foreign minister, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem al-Thani, has arrived in Tunisia today on a two-day visit in which he will hold bilateral talks with the Tunisian president and foreign minister, and will mark the beginning of the second meeting of the high-joint committee headed by the two foreign ministers.
Masow Romikani, the representative of the International Monetary Fund in Egypt said in a special statement to Al-Ahram Hebdo newspaper that there is a trend toward increasing direct foreign investment in Egyptian companies, adding that this is considered a good indicator for the Egyptian economy, as it is related to a reduction in short-term debts.
The activities of the joint "Eagle's Salutation" marine exercises will start on Friday between the US and Egyptian navies, as two Egyptian and US frigates will participate in the two-day maneuvers as well as elements of the Egyptian air force and US helicopters to practice assistance and exploration operations.
Ein Shams University will hold its annual meeting on pediatrics in two weeks under the auspices of Mrs. Susan Mubark, the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's wife.
Cairo University will celebrate the 90th anniversary of its establishment at the end of December.
Syrian Premier Mahmoud al-Zoubi on Wednesday chaired a meeting of the higher agricultural council during which memorandums were submitted on measures to encourage exports of agricultural products, especially live-stock products, as well as to encourage producers to develop, diversify and manufacturing products.
The secretary-general of the Baath Party organization in Jordan, Mahmoud Ma'etah, warned against grave consequences from the new partnership between Israel and Jordan in setting up joint factories and free zones in Irbid and Sheikh Hussein bridge.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will head for the US in mid-May to take part in meetings of Jewish organizations in Washington. He will take part in demonstrations organized by the Jewish organizations in New York in solidarity with Israel. Earlier, Netanyahu dispatched messages to Jewish organizations all over the world calling for support for Israel, Israeli radio reported.
Former Union chief of Jordanian Engineers association Leith Shbeilat was released on bail after from detention on charge of inciting violence that caused death and injury in the city of Ma'an during the Iraqi crisis two month ago.