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Iraq: US and Britain ask for the impossible
The Iraqi Foreign Minister Muhammad Saeed al-Sahaf said on Sunday that the US and Britain are demanding the "impossible" in order to show off that "Baghdad does not honor UN resolutions."
Iraq, Politics, 11/23/1998
Syrian-Jordanian joint minutes of meeting on al-Wahda dam to be signed today
The Syrian - Jordanian joint committee on waters on Sunday continued meetings in Amman chaired by Syrian Deputy Irrigation Minister Barakat Hadid and the secretary-general of the Jordan Valley Authority, Dureid Mahasenah.
Jordan-Syria, Economics, 11/23/1998
Moussa: Egypt with Iraqi people, Iran: no help in toppling Hussein
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa stated at his arrival in Kuwait yesterday to attend the meeting of the Kuwaiti - Egyptian higher committee that Egypt hopes to terminate the current crisis between Iraq and UN because it cares about the Iraqi people and Iraq's territorial integrity.
Egypt-Iraq, Politics, 11/23/1998
Syrian President receives Armenian foreign minister
Syrian President Hafez al-Assad received Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanyan and members of his accompanying delegation on Sunday at al-Shaab palace. The Armenian minister conveyed a message to President al-Assad from the Armenian president on bilateral relations.
Syria-Armenia, Politics, 11/23/1998
Two Moroccan ministers in France to consolidate business ties
Two Moroccan ministers are currently visiting France in quest for closer cooperation between Moroccan and French small and medium enterprises.
Morocco-France, Economics, 11/23/1998
Meetings of Kuwaiti - Egyptian committee wrapping up
The meetings of the first session for the Kuwaiti - Egyptian committee started on Sunday in Kuwait for two days.
Egypt-Kuwait, Politics, 11/23/1998
Zimbabwean president breaks embargo on Libya
Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe arrived in Syrte, 450 km east of Tripoli Saturday, by air breaking a United Nations air embargo enforced against Libya since 1992.
Libya-Regional-Zimbabwe, Politics, 11/23/1998
Arab justice ministers council continues meetings in Damascus
The executive bureau of the Arab justice ministers council resumed meetings in Damascus on Sunday
Regional, Politics, 11/23/1998
Syria refutes Israeli claims
An official Syrian source has refuted reports of Syrian-Israeli contacts currently being made at the mediation of a third party in preparation for US intervention in an attempt to revive the Syrian-Israeli tracks in the peace process.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 11/23/1998
Iranian, Saudi Shoura councils chiefs for boosting bilateral relations
Chairman of the Iranian Shoura council, Ali Akbar Nateq Nouri discussed on Sunday night in Tehran with his Saudi counterpart, Sheikh Muhammad Bin Jubeir, the importance of exchanging visits between the two countries' officials, especially between members of the Shoura councils, as well as means of strengthening bilateral relations.
Saudi Arabia-Iran, Politics, 11/23/1998
Morocco has always endeavored to consolidate its Arab orientation
Morocco has been endeavoring since its independence to strengthen its Arab orientation which cannot be subject of doubts or overbids, said Moroccan Premier Abderrahmane Youssoufi.
Regional-Morocco, Politics, 11/23/1998
A dispute in Al Azhar with an Iranian delegation
Tension prevailed in a meeting between Al-Azhar Sheikh Mohammed Sayed Tantawi and members of an Iranian information delegation currently visiting Egypt, as Tantawi expelled one of the delegation's members from his bureau.
Egypt, Politics, 11/23/1998
Saudi Arabia, South Korea for boosting trade relations
Saudi Minister of Trade Osama Jaafar Faqih on Sunday in Riyadh met with Southern Korea's minister of trade, industry and energy, Pak Tae-yong, currently visiting Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia-South Korea, Economics, 11/23/1998
Meguid to visit Lebanon at the end of this week
Arab League Secretary-General Esmat Abdul Meguid will make an official visit to Lebanon at the end of this week, during which he will hold talks with the outgoing President Elias Hrawi and incoming President Emile Lahoud, as well as Prime Minister Rafik Hariri to tackle the developments in the Middle East peace process and Lebanon's position in confronting Israeli violations of Lebanese territories and airspace.
Lebanon-Regional, Politics, 11/23/1998
Establishing four private navigational companies in Egypt
The Egyptian Ministry of Maritime Transport agreed to renew four maritime companies affiliated to the private sector 10 months after liberating the sector of navigational authorization from governmental control.
Egypt, Business, 11/23/1998
French group to invest usd 380 million in Morocco
The French "Accor" group said it plans to invest a total of 3.5 billion dh in various tourism and leisure projects in Morocco.
Morocco-France, Business, 11/23/1998
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Engineer Khaled Abu Ismail, the head of the Arab free trade zone committee in the union of the Arab trade chambers stated that the "deep concern always assured by president Mubarak" is behind the success of applying the agreement among eight countries out of 14 that participated in signing it, and that the eight countries started implementing the customs reductions called for in the bilateral commercial exchanges.
The Royal Oman Police arrested two men for the murder of a police sergeant, Oman Daily Observer reported.
The UAE plans to implement the use of an electronic visa system next year, Khaleej Times reported.
Palestinian prisoners who Israel has refused to free have begun hunger strikes in Israeli jails, Gulf Times reported.
Tunisian olympic club won the 17th Arab volleyball cup of champion clubs, after defeating Al-Rayane club of Qatar 3-1.
After bagging the three points of victory over Tunisia 99-67, Egypt totalled 12 points and won the African U-22 Basketball championships for the third time in a row.
Moroccan Younes Al-Aynaoui won Sunday the 100,000 USD Arexon tournament of Buenos Aires.
The Korean Daewoo group has presented an offer to buy El-America Company for Texture and Textiles an Egyptian governmental company to be presented for sale to a strategic investor within the Egyptian privatization program.
An official source in the Algerian embassy in Cairo told ArabicNews.com that his country will raise up the shares of 950 general companies for privatization for local and foreign investors.
Algerian President Liamine Zeroual directed messages to officials and party leaders to appoint their representatives to the joint group deciding on the tasks of the national independent committee to supervise the early presidential elections, decided to be performed during April.
Jordanian Prime Minister Fayez Tarawneh confirmed yesterday the complete recovery of King Hussein, adding that King Hussein is to return to Amman soon after ending the last stage of his recuperation period in the US.
Egyptian Minister of Information Safwat El-Sherif is leading the public and information delegation that is heading to Gaza airport tomorrow on board the first Egyptian airplane to land at the airport in its inauguration. The Egyptian delegation includes Minister of Tourism Mamdouh El- Beltagi, Minister of Health Dr. Ismail Salam, and Minister of State for Planning Zafer El-Bashri as well as writers, reporters and artists.
The Sudanese embassy in Cairo decided to establish a permanent exhibition of Sudanese products at the embassy's headquarters, including agricultural products such as cotton textiles and leather products. Essab El-Din El-Rasha, the commercial advisor at the embassy, stated that, "The exhibition aims at developing commercial relations between the two countries as well as increasing Sudanese exports to Egypt."
Tunisian governmental sources announced Saturday the total success for selling the shares of the maritime tourism company Navitour within the privatization program during the coming month.
The meetings of 8th session of the European - Yemeni joint committee is to be held in Brussels on December 4 - 7, under the chairmanship of Yemeni Minister of Planning Ahmed Mohammed Sofan and the deputy chief of the European Commission, Manuel Marin.
Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates, directed invitations to the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council member states to participate in the works of the 19th Gulf summit, which will be convened in Abu Dhabi from December 17 - 19.
The chairman of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Ahmed Qrei, urged the Israeli government to immediately stop its settlement activities in the Palestinian areas to guarantee the success of the negotiations between the two parties.
The Syrian ministry of economy has welcomed the decision taken by the Islamic Development Bank to organize two symposiums in Syria in order to acquaint businesses with the services rendered by the Islamic establishment for investment and exports insurance. The first symposium will be held in Damascus on December 13 and the second will be held in Aleppo on December 15.
Syrian President Hafez al-Assad received in Damascus on Saturday, the secretary general of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan in Iraq, Jalal Talibani. President al-Assad, during the meeting which was held at al-Shaab palace, was briefed "on some details of recent developments, and contacts Talebani has made with some international parties."