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Report: Mubarak warns against terrorism, Israeli policy, and Sudan's government
In an interview with an Egyptian daily published on Wednesday, the Egyptian president warned against Israel's possession of nuclear weapons and mass weapons of destruction that threaten the region's security and stability, and compel other countries to possess such weapons.
Egypt, Politics, 10/1/1998
Khaddam speaks of latest Middle East peace developments
Khaddam talked about the stalled Middle East peace process. He noted the policy pursued by the current Israeli government and said that a conception of peace based on continued occupation, settlement and rejecting the terms of reference on which the peace process was built "would not lead to the realization of just and comprehensive peace in the region."
Syria, Politics, 10/1/1998
Saudi Arabia urges US effort to achieve peace, closer Iranian relations
Saudi Arabia has urged the international community, especially the US, to continue efforts to salvage the Middle East peace process and to move seriously towards ending Israel's violation of the peace process.
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 10/1/1998
Moroccan premier receives Algerian ambassador
Morocco's Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi received on Tuesday in Rabat the Algerian ambassador to Morocco, Mihoub Mihoubi, the Algerian News Agency reported.
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 10/1/1998
Privileges offered to cars of Egyptian, diplomats abolished effective today
Official sources in the Egyptian ministry of finance stated that the resolution to obtain customs duties and sales taxes on all kinds of diplomats' cars coming from abroad for the diplomats working in Egypt takes effect today.
Egypt, Economics, 10/1/1998
UN expert in Iraq speaks against sanctions, VX nerve gas results yet to be announced
Halliday said his 13-month work period in Iraq made him realize the extent of damage that resulted from the sanctions imposed on the people of Iraq
Iraq, Politics, 10/1/1998
Morocco's premier starts working visit to France
In his first official trip abroad since he took office last March, Morocco's Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi starts this Thursday a two-day working visit to France, expected to be dominated by economic issues.
Morocco-France, Politics, 10/1/1998
Israelis married Muslim women to spy on Arabs
The security commentator Yossi Melman in the Israeli daily "Haartez" revealed that members of intelligence unit belonging to the internal security system Shin Bet working during the 1950s married Arab women under false names in order to cover up theit identities and carry out missions assigned to them.
Palestine-Israel, Culture, 10/1/1998
Youssoufi: Referendum cannot be held in December
The Moroccan prime minister on Wednesday said the self-determination referendum in the Sahara cannot be held next December, as initially scheduled, in view of the difficulties still hindering the identification of all would-be voters.
Morocco-West Sahara, Politics, 10/1/1998
Islamic countries need to benefit from globalization, increase inter-trade
Addressing the opening session of a seminar on "trade and investments among OIC countries, economic stabilization and structural reforms in OIC countries," Allali said that increasing economic liberalization and the gradual dismantling of customs barriers are forcing OIC countries to identify factors that would help them benefit from the new international economic environment and reduce the adverse effects of globalization.
Regional-OIC, Economics, 10/1/1998
Washington renews US-Maghreb partnership initiative
Washington renewed on Wednesday the initiative it launched several months ago to establish an economic and commercial partnership with Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.
Maghreb-USA, Economics, 10/1/1998
Somali factions expel two Egyptian and Libyan diplomats
Six Somali factions asked yesterday two diplomats, an Egyptian and a Libyan, to leave the country within 48 hours.
Somalia-North Africa, Politics, 10/1/1998
Kuwaiti premier confers with GCC industry minister
Kuwaiti Crown Prince and Prime Minister Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah al-Sabah on Wednesday in Kuwait received ministers of industry from the Gulf Cooperation Council states, who arrived in Kuwait to take part in the meeting of the 17th Gulf Cooperation Committee.
Gulf, Politics, 10/1/1998
Iraqi trade minister arrives in Tehran
Iraqi trade minister Muhammad Mahdi Saleh arrived in Tehran on Wednesday, leading an official delegation on a three-day official visit during which he will take part in the opening ceremony of the Tehran International Exposition today.
Iraq-Iran, Economics, 10/1/1998
Three African leaders ignore embargo, arrive in Libya by air
Three African Presidents arrived in Libya on Wednesday by air, ignoring the embargo which has been imposed by the UN on air flights from and to Libya over the Lockerbie case.
Libya-North Africa, Politics, 10/1/1998
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Oman has begun a national program on birth spacing, encouaging parents to wait at least two years between births to help enusre healthier children, Oman Daily Observer reported.
A Jordanian clinic said that most cases of students who believed they had become ill from a vacinnation were psychological, Jordan Times reported.
Next year's Lebanese budget will be discussed after the term of current President Elias Hrawi ends, Lebanon News Wire reported.
UN Secretary-General Annan recommended that the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM) continue with its work, which includes the disposal of unexploded mines and other weaponry in the demilitarized zone.
Yemeni Minister of Interior General Hussein Mohammed Harab stated today that Arab security is an integral system and that it could not find a defense that provides it with security and stability except with cooperation to combat crime.
The Swedish Company "Sweco International" will carry out a study on solid waste processing in the eastern Moroccan city of Oujda.
Libyan Radio broadcasted yesterday that Libya called for the General People's Conference, the biggest legislative organization in the country, to convene its annual session later this week.
Riak Mashar, the head of coordination council between the southern Sudanese states said today that the Ugandan aggressions in Sudan are not justifiable and that they aim at destroying Sudanese sovereignty. He added that the attack is a US scheme that uses Uganda as a tool to undermine the serious endeavors for achieving peace in Sudan and to isolate Sudan from its neighbors.
Number of representatives of parties and Lebanese political powers staged a it-in strike yesterday in front of the Turkish embassy in El-Rabia, east of Beirut, protesting the Turkish - Israeli military alliance. The strikers raised signs up that denounced and condemned this alliance. They repeated slogans that indicated that Lebanon will not accept any regional regime headed by the Turkish - Israeli alliance under US sponsorship. The strikers called on the Turkish people for solidarity to topple this alliance.
Algerian Minister of Religious Affairs Bouabdallah Ghoulemallah in press statements yesterday in Cairo on the 25th anniversary of the 1973 October War against Israel stated that, "The victory is still within the Algerian's souls, and it should remain in the Arabs' hearts, because it confirms many values, among which is uniting the soul of the Arab nation and the Arab leaders' agreement on supporting the Arab armies in Egypt and Syria." He added that Arabs need more than ever to remember the anniversary of the victory to regain solidarity, shown by the battle to regain an Arab team spirit and the struggle to achieve a comprehensive peace.
Saudi Arabia announced today that US Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson will visit the gulf state at the beginning of December to hold talks on petroleum cooperation, climate change, solar energy and investment, particularly in the energy production fields. Saudi sources said that Saudi Arabia will try to sign contracts to export petroleum and to import equipment to be used in the petroleum fields.
Egyptian Minister of Health and Population Ismail Salam discussed during his meeting yesterday with a Iraqi health delegation under the chairmanship of Iraqi Minister of Health Omid Medhat Mubarak the continuing implementation of the agreement for joint health cooperation between them in the fields of medicine, preventive health, training doctors and exchanging experiences between the two countries.
Mohammed Abdallah El-Mela, the secretary general of the Union of Chambers of Commerce in the Gulf Cooperation Council states announced that the general trusteeship of the union associates with the chambers members and with Gulf organizations for industrial advice, will meet with the European Commission to host the second round of Gulf-European partnership talks, which will be held in Dubai in 1999.
The Kuwaiti dailies on Wednesday said that the Islamists for the 20th straight year won the elections of the National Union of Kuwaiti Students. The papers added that the Islamists won all seats of the Union's executive committee.
Iran on Wednesday expressed its desire to sign security agreements with all its neighbors, especially with the Arab Gulf states.
Jordanian Agriculture Minister Mujhim al-Khresheh stressed his country's desire to maintain relations with Israel. He stressed that there is a "de facto " that has to be dealt with in that Israel is a state existing in the region.
Lebanese deputy Premier Michael Murr has expected the Syrian-Lebanese summit to be convened within the next 10 days. Following his meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on Wednesday, Murr added that matters will be clarified concerning the Presidential elections, saying the issue of the election should be settled before October 20, the date when the ordinary session of the Lebanese parliament will be convened. Murr said that commander of the Lebanese Army Lt. Gen. Emil Lahoud is the most favored to assume the presidency office.