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Europe to share single market experience with Mediterranean countries
The European Commission agreed to facilitate the creation of a free trade area with non-member mediterranean countries by year 2010, through a program on training, technical assistance, counselling and cooperation in fields related to the internal market, customs and taxation.
Regional, Politics, 9/24/1998
Moussa and the Arab league address the Turkey issue
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa has asserted that the Middle East does not need the creation of military alliances under any name, noting that his country rejects the establishment of such alliances.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 9/24/1998
League of British families victims support Libyan stand on Lockerbie, as does the Arab League
Chairman of the league of the British victims families in the incident of the US Pan American plane explosion over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, Jim Swire, and Professor Robert Black, a professor of Scottish law at the University of Edinburgh, returned from Libya with optimism that a solution is at hand.
Libya-Regional-UK, Politics, 9/24/1998
Syrian delegation visiting Iraq
A Syrian delegation that includes the head of the treaties department in the Foreign Ministry, Mohammed Said, arrived in Baghdad yesterday to coordinate the two countries' positions toward Turkey's water policy and its effect on Syria and Iraq.
Syria-Iraq, Economics, 9/24/1998
UN chief representative conveys proposals to Iraq to settle dispute
The UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's special representative Prakash Shah left Iraq on Tuesday night after he conveyed to Iraqi officials Annan's proposals to settle the current dispute with UNSCOM inspectors.
Iraq-UN, Politics, 9/24/1998
Privatizing 50 Tunisian companies in two years
A program for privatizing 50 economic corporations is currently arranged to be implemented in Tunis during the coming two years.
Tunisia, Economics, 9/24/1998
UAE, Kuwaiti, Algerian, Iranain and Omani petroleum ministers discuss measures to improve prices
The ministers of petroleum in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Algeria, Iran and Oman concluded a coordination meeting yesterday evening in Kuwait, where they discussed the current situation in the petroleum markets, a Kuwaiti source said.
Regional, Politics, 9/24/1998
Sudan says it kills 70 and destroys 75 tanks, Ugandans deny intervention
The Ugandan army has denied that some 70 of its soldiers to have been killed recently in Southern Sudan. It once again stressed that its troops did not get into the Sudanese territories.
Sudan-Uganda, Politics, 9/24/1998
Algerian President calls for consultations among parties
Algerian President Liamine Zeroual on Wednesday extended written calls to Algerian parties represented in the Parliament in order to convene a meeting on September 30, in preparations for early Presidential elections to be made before the end of February 1999.
Algeria, Politics, 9/24/1998
Ratifying comprehensive future development in the Gulf countries
Ministers of planning in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council ratified today a joint document for long-term comprehensive development in the countries of the council.
Gulf, Politics, 9/24/1998
Egyptian - Sudanese setting for resuming work on Gongly Canal
Egyptian Minister of Irrigation Mohmoud Abu Zied confirmed today that Egypt and Sudan are currently working on joint projects to make use of the lost water from the Nile in southern Sudan, especially in Gongly Canal where the losses reach 70%.
Egypt-Sudan, Economics, 9/24/1998
Syria's tourist potential untapped says a Japanese study
In the context of the technical cooperation agreement between Syria and Japan, the final report on the development of tourism in Syria was completed by a JICA study team in cooperation with the Syrian Ministry of Tourism.
Syria-Japan, Economics, 9/24/1998
Russia hopes Sahara issue of contested groups be settled quickly
Russia voiced hope on Tuesday that the issue of the contested tribal groups would be settled before next october 31, the Russian foreign department said.
Morocco, Politics, 9/24/1998
Lebanese national resistance carries out operations
A Lebanese resistance group attacked an Israeli and Israeli-allied militia position twice on Wednesday in Tallat al-Ahmadeyah, using machine-guns and rockets.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 9/24/1998
European Commission to visit Egypt to discuss potato crisis
During his meeting yesterday with members of an Arab - German trade group, Egyptian Minister of Trade and Supply Ahmed Goweili announced that Egypt will resort to the World Trade Organization to solve the dumping problems and surcharges raised against Egyptian exports to Europe if they are not be solved with the European committee.
Egypt-European Union, Economics, 9/24/1998
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Iranian President Muhammad Khatami has stressed that Iran's relations with the countries of the region are very good and are continuously developing and progressing.
Sales of Viagra in Bahrain have been lower than expected because of strict measures for obtaining the drug, Bahrain Tribune reported.
Qatar raised the prices of gasoline by about 16% today, Gulf Times reported.
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat rejected chief negotiator Saeb Erekat's resignation, Jordan Times reported.
In its address to the UN, the UAE called on Iran to resume negotiations over the three disputed Gulf islands and expressed its backing for UN Secretary-General Annan's efforts to resolve the dispute over weapons inspections with Iraq, Khaleej Times reported.
Yiem Song ambassador of South Korea in Cairo expressed yesterday in a private statement to ArabicNews.com that his country supports the peaceful initiatives in the Middle East by the concerned countries to save the peace process, including the French - Egyptian initiative for convening an international conference for saving peace in the Middle East.
Russian air company "Aeroflot" decided to suspend flights to Morocco starting next October 20, a company executive told MAP. The company will resume flights to Casablanca during the summer holidays for Moroccan students to return home.
King Hassan II of Morocco hailed the brotherly and exemplary relations existing between the Kingdoms of Morocco and Saudi Arabia. In a congratulation message to King Fahd of Saudi Arabia on the occasion of his country's national day, the sovereign stressed that God has graced Saudi Arabia by making of it the cradle of revelation, the meeting point of muslims' hearts and the location of two holy sites."
The House of Representatives (lower house of the Moroccan parliament) closed Wednesday evening the second session of its first legislature.
A group of the Egyptian businessmen signed yesterday an agreement with the Saudi company "Sabic" to establish a joint company between the 2 parts with a capital $300 million, $50 million of which will be paid in first the stage to establish metal and steel factory in addition to marketing "Sabic" products in Egypt.
Joint land maneuvers began yesterday between the US and Kuwaiti armies. Forces from the two sides flew to the northern border region near Iraq to hold the maneuvers.
US Undersecretary of State Martin Indyk said after meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on Tuesday night in New York: "We do not expect foreign intervention in American elections, so we dare not interfere in others' elections."