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Annan and Netanyahu discuss Lebanon withdrawal
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu restated Israel's readiness to withdraw from southern Lebanon during a meeting on Friday in New York with United
Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
Lebanon-Israel-UN, Politics, 5/16/1998
UN, Iraq at odds
Baghdad - UN humanitarian official disclosed that Iraq and the United Nations are at odds over the distribution of revenues raised under the oil-for-food accord.
Iraq-UN, Politics, 5/16/1998
Jordan's deputy premier in Egypt: coordination is imperative
Accompanied by Minister of Trade and Industry Hani Mulqi, Jordanian Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Jawad Anani arrived in Cairo, Egypt, yesterday for talks with the Egyptian authorities on the faltering peace process.
Jordan-Egypt, Politics, 5/16/1998
Syrian official to Turkey soon to resume discussions
The sources told ArabicNews.com that relations between the two countries have improved recently, yet Syria insists that Israel is creating crises from time to time between Turkey and Syria.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 5/16/1998
Egyptian workers discharged from Qatar to have their case resolved
In a statement to ArabicNews.com, the source said that Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa and his Qatari counterpart Hamad Bin Jabir have agreed to settle any disputes before convening the joint committee that will be convened "with their chairmanship" in Doha at the end of the current month.
Egypt-Qatar, Politics, 5/16/1998
Bahrain official supports peaceful settlement to U.A.E. - Iran island issue
Bahrain's minister of information, Mohammed Ibrahim al-Metawae, confirmed his country's support to the United Arab Emirates concerning Iran's occupation of three United Arab Emirates Islands, Greater Tanb, Lesser Tanb and Abu Mousa.
Bahrain-Gulf, Politics, 5/16/1998
Saudi Arabia: Expected electricity generation increase requires annual investment of 17 billion riyrals
The Saudi minister of electricity and industry, Hashim Bin Abdullah Yamani, said today that the expected increase in the capability of electric energy generation in Saudi Arabia, at an average 2,000 megawatts annually during the coming 25 years, will require great investments in the electrical systems development.
Saudi Arabia, Economics, 5/16/1998
Sudanese visas to Egypt continue as normal
Ambassador Mostafa Abdul Aziz, assistant Egyptian foreign minister for consulate affairs abroad, stated yesterday that Sudanese visas to Egypt are being continued within the normal bases and restraints.
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 5/16/1998
Arafat in Jordan discuss U.S. efforts
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat arrived today in the Jordanian capital Amman, where he will meet with Jordanian Monarch King Hussein to discuss recent developments in the peace process.
Jordan-Palestine, Politics, 5/16/1998
Egyptian demonstrations against Israeli practices in Palestine
Egyptian party leaders held a conference in Al-Azhar mosque in which the Coptic Church's representative participated, to confirm the unity of Egypt in confronting the Israeli aggression. Ahmed Omar Hashem, the head of Al-Azhar University, said that Egypt is united with Moslems and Christians in their condemnation of Israeli terrorism in Palestine.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 5/16/1998
International Red Cross committee resumes work in Sudan
Meanwhile, Sudanese human rights activist Ghazi Suleiman said the Sudanese police fired tear gas bombs and used sticks to disperse some 5,000 Sudanese lawyers who tried to convene a conference in opposition to the new constitution project in the country.
Sudan, Economics, 5/16/1998
Moroccan King denounces Israeli violation of Middle East peace
King Hassan II of Morocco has asserted that Israel's denunciation of U.N. resolutions 342, 338 and the Madrid conference is no longer acceptable, adding that the International community has to take necessary measures to salvage the peace process on the grounds of the land for peace formula.
Morocco-Israel-Portugal, Politics, 5/16/1998
Libya calls for boycott of Israel
The trusteeship of the general popular committee for unity in the Libyan republic called on Arabs yesterday to boycott Israel. The committee asked Arab states to take a united and firm Arab position to stop any form of normalization or communication with Israel.
Regional-Regional, Politics, 5/16/1998
Egyptian companies see great performance: profits of LE 1.8 billion
Dr. Atef Ebeid, the Egyptian minister of the general business sector, said yesterday that the profits of the Egyptian general business sector reached LE1.8 billion. In statements to reporters, Ebeid said, "The profits of the Egyptian companies in the general business sector have increased 40 times during four years as they were only LE42 million Egyptian pounds in the year 1994.
Egypt, Business, 5/16/1998
Yemeni president says no to U.S. military facilities
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh confirmed on Friday his country's refusal to present military facilities to the U.S..
Yemen-USA, Politics, 5/16/1998
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Bahrain and Mongolia issued a joint communique today, establishing diplomatic relations at the level of ambassadors, Gulf News Agency reported.
Oman's Minister of Commerce and Industry Maqbool bin Ali Sultan will leave Oman on Sunday to attend meetings of the World trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland on May 18 - 20, Oman News Agency reported.
A Yediot Aharonot survey found that 49% of Israeli believe Prime Minister Netanyahu should accept the U. S. redeployment proposal compared to 46% who believe he should not, Bahrain Tribune reported.
Sharjah's Coast Guard said that check yesterday turned up no more floating carcasses of dead cows in area waters after finding an initial 28, believed to have been thrown overboard after they were found to be diseased, Khaleej Times reported. No health threat is posed by the carcasses, the report said,
British Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Derek Fatchett will visit Morocco and Tunisia on May 19-21.
British Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Derek Fatchett said that he was "deeply shocked" by this week's violence in the Palestinian territories, adding, "The violence underscores the need for rapid progress in the Middle East Peace Process before mounting frustration causes it to unravel."
Seasonal rains are soaking dirt runways in southern Sudan, forcing planes to drop aid from the air using parachutes Fox News reported.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu met with U.S. peace process envoy Dennis Ross, but achieved little progress, as in meetings earlier in the week with U.S. secretary of State Albright, Nando Times reported.
Iranian President Muhammad Khatami has reiterated his country's support for the Palestinian people and for liberating occupied Jerusalem, adding that Israel still constitutes the biggest threat against the stability and security of the region and the Islamic world.
Secretary of the Libyan Vocational Trade Union Society, Abdullah Idris, on Friday in Tripoli met with the chairman of the Peasants Union in Australia, who is also chairman of International Union for Peasants, Graham Right, and members of the accompanying delegation, currently visiting Libya.
Switzerland President will arrive in Israel on Sunday in a two-day official visit during which he will meet with Israeli officials. Well-informed Israeli sources said the Swiss President will arrive tonight in Gaza to meet with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and will arrive in Amman tomorrow for a short visit to Jordan before arriving in Tel Aviv on Sunday, Israeli radio reported.
Algerian President Liamine Zeroual availed himself of the chance of being in Cairo for the Summit of developing countries group which was held in Cairo and advocated a call to maintain collective international efforts to fight terrorism.
Mamdouh El Beltagi, the Egyptian minister of tourism, confirmed on Friday that tourism between Egypt and Germany has been rejuvenated during recent months, stating that the number of German businessmen who visited Egypt netween November 1997 and April 1998, reached 25,952 persons in comparison to 27,796 businessmen during the period from November 1996 to April 1997, a reduction that does not exceed 7% despite the Luxor attack.
Finance ministers in the Gulf Cooperation Council states held a meeting today in Riyadh, to discuss uniting the customs tariffs for the council's countries towards the outside world.