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Cohen spoke of three attack plans against Iraq
The plans speak of the start of intensive air bombardment of the "Presidential guards positions" for a period of four days to be followed by a list of requests to be submitted to the Iraqi leadership
Iraq, Politics, 11/11/1998
Iraq for a political solution, Clinton is prepared to act
Iraqi foreign minister Muhammad Saeed al-Sahaf has called for finding out a political solution for the dispute with UNSCOM.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 11/11/1998
Egypt for reconsidering UNSCOM work
Egypt's foreign minister Amr Moussa has asserted the need of reconsidering the work carried out by UNSCOM in Iraq.
Egypt-Iraq, Politics, 11/11/1998
Lifting oil embargo, Iraq's least demand to resume cooperation with UNSCOM
He added that Iraq does not fear a military strike because the American atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan during the second world war killed 300,000 persons whereas the sanctions imposed on Iraq killed five folds of this number."
Iraq, Politics, 11/11/1998
Al-Shara in Doha: We need a united Arab stand
He added "We are in need of Arab solidarity and a united Arab stand. We are also in need of a united vision towards all arising challenges."
Syria-Regional, Politics, 11/11/1998
Kuwait: investigation in the American artillery deal
Parliament members accused the ministry of defense of "financial corruption" and of violating armament" contracts. One parliamentarian called for investigating Sheikh Salem al-Sabah, whereas the government approved to submit the " artillery deal" for investigation
Kuwait, Military, 11/11/1998
Sudan, Eritrea sign peaceful agreement
Sudan and Eriterea on Tuesday in Doha signed an agreement which provides for settling their crisis by peaceful means.
Sudan-Eritrea, Politics, 11/11/1998
Palestinian authority releases Hamas leaderships
The Palestinian government released yesterday two leaders of Hamas
Palestine, Politics, 11/11/1998
Palestine accuses Israel of obstructing implemention of Wye accord
He said "this is strange, Israel's government has not yet ratified the agreement, and nothing is implemented and still it direct accusations at a time when we implemented all our obligations
Palestine, Politics, 11/11/1998
On Egyptian - Iranian relations
Well informed press sources said yesterday in Teheran that the short visit held by the Saudi oil minister Ibrahim al-Nueimi to Teheran on Sunday falls in the course of the Saudi mediation between Iran and Egypt
Egypt-Iran, Politics, 11/11/1998
Prince of Najran meets with Yemeni President
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Tuesday in Aden received prince Mashaal Bin Saud Bin Abdul Aziz, ruler of Najran district who started a visit to Yemen on Monday.
Yemen-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 11/11/1998
Hariri: We refuse security for peace formula
Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri has reiterated commitment of both Syria and Lebanon to the Madrid terms of reference and on just and comprehensive peace according to the land for peace formula and to resumed negotiations on the two tracks from the point they broke off.
Lebanon, Politics, 11/11/1998
Jordanian Prime Minister in Saudi Arabia
The Jordanian ambassador to Saudi Arabia Hani Khaleifah said that the Jordanian Prime Minister will discuss with the Saudi officials "developments of the Iraqi crisis, peace negotiations and the Wye Plantation agreement, the Arab conditions and bilateral relations."
Saudi Arabia-Jordan, Politics, 11/11/1998
King Hassan holds second meeting with UN secretary general
King Hassan II held Tuesday a second work session with United Nations secretary general, Kofi Annan, on the third day of his visit to Morocco, part of a tour in the North African region that already took him to Mauritania.
Morocco, Politics, 11/11/1998
Morocco will not renew fisheries accord with E.U.
Moroccan minister in charge of fisheries Thami Khyari on Tuesday informed Spanish officials that Morocco will not renew the four-year fisheries accord signed with the European Union in November 1995 and that expires in 1999.
Morocco, Economics, 11/11/1998
Jordanian, Israeli, US trade meeting tomorrow
A tripartite meeting will be held Thursday at al-Hassan industrial city in Irbid. The meeting comprises Jordanian trade and commerce minister Muhammad Saleh al-Hourani, the Israeli industry minister Nathan Sheranski and US commerce secretary William Daley.
Jordan, Economics, 11/11/1998
Iran criticize declarations of Turkish defense minister
The Iranian foreign ministry criticized the Turkish defense minister Esmat Seznamin accusing him by interfering in Iran's internal affairs.
Iran-Turkey, Politics, 11/11/1998
Egypt and Morocco lead in attracting foreign investment in north Africa
the report stressed that 1997 was the fourth consecutive year of economic growth for Africa as a whole and privatization has become increasingly important for attracting FDI, although it is far from being fully explored by most African countries.
Regional, Economics, 11/11/1998
Tunisian president renews concern over Maghreb union construction
President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia renewed his concern over the construction of the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA) and expressed hope that this construction would be materialized "the soonest possible to be at the rendez-vous of the 21st century and its challenges."
Tunisia-Morocco, Politics, 11/11/1998
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The special representative of the UN Secretary General In Baghdad Parakash Shah on Wednesday said following his meeting with the Iraqi deputy Premier Tareq Aziz that Iraq "refuses to give up its decision in halting cooperation with UNSCOM members."
The London-based al-Hayat daily said on Wednesday that well- informed Jordanian sources expected Jordan to take preventive measures within the few coming days. These include military reinforcement along its Eastern borders with Iraq. The paper added that Western diplomatic sources monitored via satellites Syrian and Turkish moves of military build up and heavy weapons to the border area with Iraq for fears of a US military strike against Iraq.
An Algerian official source confirmed yesterday that his country is not going to hold negotiations with Morocco, for solving the problem of western Sahara. The source told ArabicNews.com that these news are just lies, pointing out that Annan will tackle other subjects during his discussions with Algerian high official on the coming Saturday.
The Jordanian king Hussein is going to return to his countries next month from a long journey to U.S.A - where there was a great optimism towards his return to assume the power once more after an absence lasted for 4 months- which is considered the longest period of obscene for him since he came to power 45 years before. Jordanian sources said that the return of King Hussein will arise great fears that the king was not totally cured of the cancer disease.
President Hafez al-Assad on Tuesday received a delegation representing the Middle East Center for Cooperation and Peace in the USA. The delegation comprised of the director of the center Dan Abraham, its chief Winn Owens, and a researcher at the center Steve Quinn. Talks dealt with current situation of the Middle East peace process.
Park Tai Young, minister of trade, industry and energy in South Korea will arrive at Cairo on the coming Wednesday, heading a high ranking delegation on an official visit for three days. Egyptian economic sources said today that the minister and the escorting delegation, which represents 40 personalities in different ministries in Korea, will discuss opportunities of developing trade and investment between the two countries.
A Kuwaiti military source said on Wednesday that the Kuwaiti forces are in excellent position and are ready to "repel any aggression against the Kuwaiti territories." The military source added that the Kuwaiti forces are currently conducting ordinary exercises with the American forces in compliance with the joint military manoeuvring programme between the two sides.
Spain agreed Tuesday to grant Morocco about $700,000 to enable the Kingdom carry out a drinking water project in the Northern region. The assistance will also serve to protect hydraulic resources and improve water and sewage networks.
A Moroccan family left its house in eastern Morocco, on the borders with Algeria, after Algerian extremists broke into the house, Moroccan Al Alam daily reported. The Algerian extremists infiltrated the Moroccan territory and broke into the Moroccan family's house, robbing their food supplies, Map reported.
Some 150 hut shops in Meknes (150 northeast of Rabat) were ravaged by fire on Tuesday. The local fire brigade managed to control the fire and prevent it from destroying the whole market, which counts 500 huts.
The Libyan ambassador in Somalia Mohammed El-Zobidy announced yesterday that Libya intends to give $800 thousand for the new administration in Mogadisho formed by the leader of the competing groups of Mohammed Hussein Edid, Ali Mahdi Mohammed and Mohammed Kiniar Afrah where they agreed last August upon forming a joint administration in Mogadisho, aimed at reopening the harbors, yet these harbors are not working currently for the lack of available resources.
Dubai announced that a new free zone constructed in the surroundings of Dubai international airport will be ready within the coming two months. The "circle of the civil aviation" that sponsors administrating the new free zone said that "the inauguration date was determined to be the first month of the coming year." The first stage cost nearly 50 million dollar.
Nabil Abu Roudenha, the advisor to Palestinian President Arafat, has called for convening an Arab summit in order to challenge practices and behaviors of the government of Benjamin Netanyahu. He added that Israel can not fool the Palestinian leadership into a confrontation with the Palestinians under the pretext of protecting the Israeli security, he told Sawt al-Arab radio.
Egypt's foreign minister Amr Moussa said on Tuesday that the crisis between Iraq and the UN will be at the top of the agenda of the meeting of the Damascus Declaration states to be held in Doha today, he told the Qatari daily al-Raya.
Deliberations of the Islamic-Christian meeting opened in Amman yesterday. It is organized in collaboration with the Orthodox center in Switzerland. Some 57 Muslim and Christian scholars and intellectuals from Arab and European countries are taking part. The participants in their three-day deliberations will discuss several research papers and studies from the Islamic and Christian angles on citizenship in the contemporary society and current challenges and means of withstanding them.
Kuwait's Crown Prince and Prime Minister Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah al-Sabah on Tuesday received speaker of the People's assembly in Gambia Mustafa Ba Baker Wada. Talks dealt with bilateral relations.
Libyan President Muammar al-Qaddafi on Tuesday spoke on the telephone with President of Chad Idris Debi. Talks dealt with conditions in the African continent, especially in the "greater lake area" as Qaddafi is the chairman of the Presidium council of the desert and coast states union.
Speaker of the Omani Shoura council Sheikh Abdullah Bin Ali al-Qutabi on Tuesday received a message from speaker of the Iranian Shoura council Hijatl Islam Ali Akbar Nateq Nouri concerning means of developing relations between the two assemblies, GNA reported.