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Qatar: US troops protect the Arabs from each other
Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jasem al-Thani has said that the US and British troops in the Middle East are protecting the Arabs from each other.
Qatar-Regional, Politics, 12/31/1998
Aziz accuses Mubarak of using US double-standard
The Iraqi daily al-Joumhoreyah on Tuesday issued an article written by Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz in which he strongly criticized Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who held Iraqi President Saddam Hussein responsible for the problems Iraq is suffering.
Iraq-Egypt, Politics, 12/31/1998
UAE: Israel constitutes greatest threat, calls for lifting sanction of Iraq
The United Arab Emirates UAE Information minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan has confirmed that Israel constitutes the greater danger and threat against the existence of the Arab nation.
United Arab Emirates, Politics, 12/31/1998
Withdrawal from the Golan rejected, Israeli minister says
If Netanyahu and his extremist team think that through the policy of bargaining the Golan and asserting their perpetuation of its occupation will come back to power in Israel, the thing which is unswerving on the Syrian, Arab and International levels that the Golan was and will be a Syrian Arab and will be eventually returned back
Syria-Israel, Politics, 12/31/1998
Secret plan to compensate the Israeli settlers in the Golan
The Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot said on Tuesday that the Israeli authorities had launched a secret operation to estimate the sums that should be paid to Israeli settlers in compensation in case Israel returns the Golan Heights to the Syrians.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 12/31/1998
Qatar to accept international arbitration in dispute with Bahrain
Qatari Foreign Minister Shiekh Hamad Bin Jasem Bin Jaber al-Thani announced his that country will accept the decision submitted to the International Court of Justice concerning a border dispute with Bahrain.
Qatar-Regional, Politics, 12/31/1998
Iran, Iraq for developing bilateral relations
Iranian Shoura Council (parliament) Speaker Nateq Nouri met on Wednesday in Tehran with the Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi National Assemby, Ojeil Ismael, currently visiting Iran.
Iraq-Iran, Politics, 12/31/1998
Syria's Mufti calls on the Pope to take a stronger decision against Judaizing Jerusalem
Syrian Mufti Sheikh Ahmad Kiftaro has called upon Pope John Paul II to take "a stronger stand towards the Judaizing of Jerusalem and to stand against aggression and corruption in the world."
Syria, Politics, 12/31/1998
First exhibition for Egyptian products in Iran
An exhibition of the Egyptian products in Iran will be organized for the first time since the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979 on June 21 - 26, 1999.
Egypt-Iran, Economics, 12/31/1998
More Israelis killed, wounded in south Lebanon
Israeli occupation forces on Wednesday bombarded the villages and towns in the western and central sectors of south Lebanon. Lebanese security sources said Israeli artillery positioned in Muhaibib and Ballat shelled the towns of Kafra, Yater, Zebqin, and al-Boutom mountainous areas, and Majdal Zoun in the western sector.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 12/31/1998
Lebanese President condemns Israeli killings
In a Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday in Beirut, the Lebanese President condemned the acts carried out by the Israeli occupation forces in Lebanon, especially the bombardment of a civilian family in Jenta town in the central sector of the western Bekaa.
Lebanon, Politics, 12/31/1998
Lt. Gen. Tawfiq Nizameddine dies in Damascus
Lt. Gen. Tawfiq Nizameddine, founder and former commander of the Syrian Army died on Monday in Damascus. Present at the funeral ceremony were a number of Syrian officials, citizens and delegations from his birthplace, al-Qamshli, in the northern part of Syria.
Syria, People, 12/31/1998
US extends state of emergency with Libya
US President Bill Clinton yesterday extended the nearly 13-year US state of emergency concerning Libya.
Libya-USA, Politics, 12/31/1998
Sharon denies that Egypt refuses to receive him
Israeli Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon's office has denied reports that Sharon has submitted a request to the Egyptian government to hold a meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa.
Egypt-Israel, Politics, 12/31/1998
El-Turabi is visiting Doha today
Hassan El-Turabi, the chairman of the Sudanese national council, is paying a one-week unofficial visit to Doha, made at the invitation of the Qatar Center for the Future Studies to deliver political and religious lectures.
Qatar-Sudan, Politics, 12/31/1998
Sudanese opposition calls for parliamentary elections with international supervision
Dailies published on Tuesday in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, stated that the Sudanese opposition will deliver to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir a memorandum calling for parliamentary elections under international supervision.
Sudan, Politics, 12/31/1998
Al-Saedi: agreements with Syria encourage investment
Lebanese Economy Minister Nasser al-Saeedi said that the Lebanese-Syrian agreements aim at "encouraging investment." He referred to "current joint trade projects for which necessary financing is underway."
Lebanon-Syria, Economics, 12/31/1998
Chinese message to Abdul Meguid regarding situation in Iraq
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid received a written message from Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan regarding the developments of the Iraqi situation
Regional-Iraq-China, Politics, 12/31/1998
A new candidate for the Algerian presidency
Former Algerian Prime Minister Sayed Ahmad Ghazali has decided to nominate himself for the early presidential elections to be held in April 1999.
Algeria, Politics, 12/31/1998
Germany for Middle East peace process
The charge d'affairs at the German Embassy in Amman has asserted that constant backing to the Middle Est peace process is one of the priorities of the German presidency of the European Union, which starts tomorrow.
Regional-Germany, Politics, 12/31/1998
Bomb threat shuts down US embassy in Tel Aviv
For the first time in decades, the US embassy in Tel Aviv was shut down after "serious" warnings were received that a bombing attack was to take place against the compound on Thursday.
Israel, Politics, 12/31/1998
Suez Canal revenues fall in 1998
During the first 11 months of the current year, revenues from the Suez Canal has retreated to $1.62 billion, as about 12,356 vessels weighing 353 million tonnes have crossed through the canal.
Egypt, Business, 12/31/1998
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An Egyptian governmental economic report confirmed today that the number of small and medium-sized industrial establishments in Egypt reached 19,000 that account for nearly 85% of Egypt's total industrial establishments and whose capital totals nearly 19 million pounds.
The National Bank of Egypt is currently preparing to float its first investment fund in the Egyptian stock market during February. The general of the bank, Farouk Abdo, told ArabicNews.com that the fund's capital will be 150 million pounds and that the bank has agreed with the International Trade Company for Investment on managing the fund, adding that the bank will share in the fund at a rate of 19% and that the price of the subscription will be 100 pounds.
The supreme Imam of Al Azhar, Sheikh Mohammed Sayed Tantawi stressed in a symposium held by the Egyptian - Kuwaiti friendship association the importance of backing up the Iraqi people. At the same time he pointed to solidarity with Kuwait, which was attacked and occupied by Iraqi troops in 1990, starting a crisis that affected the whole Arab region.
The Algerian government has agreed to authorize the work of the Desert Aviation Company, which is considered the second private sector company working in this field, and will be located in Touggourt city 150 km north of the Hassi Masoud region where there are petroleum fields as well. An Algerian source told ArabicNews.com today that this authorization is confined to internal flights.
The Kuwaiti government decided to reduce governmental expenditures in the 1999 budget, valued at $14.47 billion. This is due to reducion of the selling price for petroleum. A Kuwaiti diplomatic source in Cairo said that the expected shortage in the coming budget will be 1.919 billion dinars, and the budget expects that petroleum revenues would amount to 1.894 billion dinars, which is half of the petroleum income in the year 97/98 when the price of Kuwaiti petroleum was $14.25 per barrel.
Spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry has announced that the four German tourists who have been held since December 6 as hostages in Yemen were released. He added that his ministry will seek to return the hostages, three women and one man, back home to Germany. The spokesman did not give more details.
Over the past 18 months, the national program for spreading informatics in central Syria's Homs province has held 41 courses for beginners and seven for seniors. More than 800 people took part in the courses. Next month new courses will be offered at 13 centers in Homs city and five in the towns of al-Qseir, Palmyra, Tel Khalaf, al-Mishtayeh and Teldo.
In reply to Israeli threats to close the Gaza airport, chairman of the Palestinian Civil Aviation Authority Maj. Gen. Fayez Zeidan accused the Israeli Foreign Ministry, which lodged a complaint over being prevented from inspecting a plane carrying Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, of fabricating "media propaganda over what happened.