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Starting talks between Turkey and Syria
Syrian sources today told ArabicNews.com that Syria and Turkey are preparing to start talks to solve the conflict between them concerning the allegation that Syria supports the Kurdish Workers Party.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 10/19/1998
Mubarak presides over ministerial meeting to discuss Syrian-Turkish crisis
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak presided over a ministerial meeting during which the crisis between Turkey and Syria was reviewed. Also reviewed were the continued efforts to reach a diplomatic solution to all unresolved problems between the two countries.
Egypt, Politics, 10/19/1998
Jordan suspends licenses for Syrian imports
For the second time the Jordanian Ministry of Trade and Industry has suspended its measures to give shipping traders necessary importing licenses for commodities imported from Syria.
Jordan-Syria, Business, 10/19/1998
Report: Damascus challenges Amman to give proof
High-ranking Syrian officials circles defied Amman a single name "for a Jordanian official that had disappeared in the Syrian territories." The circles added that it "audits" names submitted by Jordanian officials for persons, most of them are Palestinians arrested in Syria.
Syria-Jordan, Politics, 10/19/1998
France to sign defense contracts with Doha
The source indicated that French - Qatari military maneuvers will be carried out on October 21 - 22 in which some 600 French soldiers are taking part in the course of defense agreements between the two countries.
Qatar-France, Politics, 10/19/1998
Bahrain, Iran to resume diplomatic relations on ambassadorial level
Diplomatic sources in Manama said that Bahrain will appoint Salman al-Sabbagh as its ambassador in Tehran in the course of restoring diplomatic relations between the two countries to ambassadorial level before bilateral relations deteriorated between the two countries in 1996.
Bahrain-Iran, Politics, 10/19/1998
New Iraqi ambassador in Ankara
The Iraqi Foreign Ministry has nominated one of the prominent leaders of the Iraqi intelligence to be Iraqi's ambassador in Ankara, and thereby to succeed former Iraqi Ambassador Rafe Dahham al-Takriti.
Iraq-Turkey, Politics, 10/19/1998
Aziz: UN sanctions on Iraq prove to be a failure
Iraqi Deputy Premier Tariq Aziz said on Sunday that the UN sanctions imposed on Iraq for eight years will be lifted after they are proved futile.
Iraq-UN, Politics, 10/19/1998
First center for Algerian women raped by terrorists opens
The first center for Algerian women raped by terrorists opened Sunday in Algiers, it was officially announced.
Algeria, Politics, 10/19/1998
Violence continues in Algeria
A statement released by the Algerian security forces on Sunday said that nine persons were killed by the armed groups near Qusintaneh, East Algiers.
Algeria, Local, 10/19/1998
Egypt - Turkey trade reaches 700 million dollars
Egypt signed yesterday an agreement for commercial cooperation with Turkey, which dictates the exchange of information and expertise, in addition to research and joint marketing studies made by the center for upgrading Egyptian exports and the Turkish international trade department.
Egypt-Turkey, Economics, 10/19/1998
Vatican foreign minister voices concern over Israeli measures in Jerusalem
Vatican Foreign Minister Jean-Louis Tauran voiced serious concern on Sunday over Israeli measures destined to alter the genuine identity of the holy city of Jerusalem.
Regional-Egypt-Vatican, Politics, 10/19/1998
Prince of Belgium to dedicate waste water treatment plant in northern Morocco
Prince Laurent of Belgium, who arrived Sunday in Morocco, will dedicate on Tuesday a waste water processing plant in the northern›Moroccan town of Tetuan.
Morocco-Belgium, Environment, 10/19/1998
Cyprus' foreign minister to Cairo tomorrow
The foreign minister of Cyprus, Ioannis Kasoulides, is to arrive in Cairo tomorrow carrying a communique from Cyprus' President Glafcos Clerides to President Mubarak, concerning bilateral relations, and a number of international and regional issues within the consultations between the two countries.
Egypt, Politics, 10/19/1998
Intensified security measures in Sanaa
The Yemeni security bodies in have recently undertaken a concentrated security campaign to arrest those responsible for placing explosives in the trash inside a plastic package to deceive workers in one of the northeast districts of Sanaa.
Yemen, Politics, 10/19/1998
Tunis intends to sell three new cement factories
Tunisian Minister of Development Taoufik Baccar said today that Tunis intends to privatize three of the four cement factories still owned by the public sector.
Tunisia, Economics, 10/19/1998
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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Sunday received a message from Pope John Paul II pertaining to the situation in the Middle East and the current impasse in the Middle East peace process. The massage was conveyed by the Papal Nuncio, Jan Neurone, who said following his meeting with President Mubarak that viewpoints were identical on the need to resume peace negotiations on the various Middle East tracks according to international legitimacy resolutions.
Lebanese President-elect Emile Lahoud and Prime Minister Rafik Hariri will meet tomorrow to discuss issues facing Lahoud's presidency and governmental policy during Lahoud's term, Lebanon News Wire reported.
Omani and UAE civil defense agencies began joint exercises yesterday that will run through Friday in crisis and emergency response, Oman News Agency reported.
US experts have traveled to the United Arab Emirates to control a leak at an Amoco Sharjah Oil Company well, Khaleej Times reported.
Bahrain approved 12 industrial projects valued at BD 5.81 million ($15.4 million), Gulf Daily News reported.
Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf Bin Alawi met yesterday with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat in the US to discuss the Palestinian - Israeli peace talks currently underway there, Oman Daily Observer reported.
More than 100 Egyptian died and 150 were injured in a collision accident of a train coming going from Alexandria to Cairo, 30km away of Alexandria. Yesterday, the train deviated from the rail course to a public square near the station, colliding with a number of buildings, cars and shops. Volunteers donated needed blood. The authority is investigating the cause with focus on the train driver and the rail switchman.
A Radio Monte Carlo correspondent in Istanbul quoted sources at the Turkish Foreign Ministry as saying that the invitation of the world media to visit the Lebanese al-Bekaa plain is not of concern to Ankara, which will depend on reports by its intelligence to make sure that Syria has dealt with the issue of giving up support to the Kurdistani Workers Party.
Libyan President Col. Moammar Gaddafi has reiterated Libya's readiness to hand over the two Libyans suspected of being involved in Lockerbie incident and to try them in the Netherlands. "The two men will go to the Hague on their own free will," Gaddafi added. In a statement to the British daily "Sunday Telegraph" issued on Sunday, the Libyan president added that the Libyan people had paid a heavy price because of the sanctions imposed by the UN on Libya. He hoped to close the file of the past and to open a new page after the two suspects are sent for trial in the Hague.
Algerian President Liamine Zeroual has accepted the resignation of his justice minister, Muhammad Adami. Ahmad Nawa, the commissioned minister for the prime minister, was assigned to take charge of Justice Ministry affairs.
The Kuwaiti daily al-Qabas on Sunday reported that there is a conviction in Lebanese political circles that Damascus will announce by the beginning of the term of Lebanese President-elect Emile Lahoud the withdrawal of military units positioned in several areas, especially in Beirut and its suburbs, in a step toward redeployment and repositioning in the Bekaa area as a prelude for ultimate withdrawal from Lebanon. The paper said that Lebanese political circles find in this step, if it takes place, a great opportunity to develop Syrian-Lebanese relations more actively.
Well-informed Arab diplomatic sources told the Kuwaiti daily al-Anba on Sunday that Egyptian mediation efforts to contain the Turkish-Syrian crisis are meeting real difficulties. The paper noted that Cairo was surprised by Ankara's refusal to hold a direct meeting between the two countries after it had earlier consented during the visit of the Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa to Ankara last week.
President of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Sunday received a message from Turkish President Suleiman Demirel, Kuwait radio said on Sunday.
Britain has announced its refusal of the Libyan demands pertaining of jailing the two Libyans suspect in the Lockerbie incident, if convicted, in Libya or Holland.