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Mubarak: Iraqi government wasted Iraq's future, as war of words by Iraq continues
President Mubarak added in his statement to Al-Ahram "At times of crisis, it would be wiser to mark your words and to rise to the level of responsibility. Now, has the Iraqi regime been able to patch things up with the Arabs; has it abandoned its ambitious schemes? Do Iraqi officials know how to conduct a dialogue? Do they know how to differ with the others? "
Iraq-Egypt, Politics, 1/4/1999
Relations between Amman and Baghdad very tense
A Jordanian source described relations between Amman and Baghdad as "very critical and difficult" following the open Iraqi criticism of a political speech read by Jordanian Crown Prince Hassan at the inauguration of the meetings of the Arab Parliamentary Union in Amman last Sunday.
Iraq-Jordan, Politics, 1/4/1999
Tehran: aggression on Iraq is a unilateral act
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi has asserted that the recent round of US-British attacks on Iraq was a separatist step taken unilaterally, adding that the attacks were not accepted internationally.
Iran, Politics, 1/4/1999
Disobedience among pro-Israeli militias in S. Lebanon
The Lebanese resistance has asserted that it has a right to retaliate to violations of the April Understanding agreement by the Israeli occupation troops through the raids carried out against Nahla and Jenta towns in north Lebanon.
Lebanon, Politics, 1/4/1999
Mother and her daughters casuality of Israeli attacks on Lebanese civilians
Israeli warplanes on Sunday attacked civilian areas in eastern Lebanon, wounding six civilians, said Lebanese security sources. The sources added that the victims included a mother a four daughters.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 1/4/1999
Sabah al-Ahmad invites Jordanian FM to visit Kuwait and end problems
Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah said on Sunday that he extended an invitation for his Jordanian counterpart, Abdul Illah al-Khatib, to visit Kuwait and "eliminate all problems" between the two countries.
Kuwait-Jordan, Politics, 1/4/1999
Egypt to host delayed meeting of Arab FMs
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa has asserted that the Arab foreign ministers' emergency and consultative meeting will be held on January 24 Cairo.
Regional, Politics, 1/4/1999
Diplomatic dialogue continues regarding US embassy in Damascus
US diplomatic sources told the London-based al-Hayat daily that "diplomatic dialogue is continuing on a daily basis" between US ambassador in Damascus Ryan Crocker and the Syrian Foreign Ministry concerning the results of the demonstrations which took place two weeks ago in protest against the US - British military strikes on Iraq.
Syria-USA, Politics, 1/4/1999
German envoy to tour the Middle East
The German official in charge of Foreign Affairs, Andreas Won Hosli, will visit the Middle East and several Arab Gulf countries on January 3 - 12, delegated by German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, according to a statement made by the German Foreign Ministry on Saturday.
Regional-Germany, Politics, 1/4/1999
Mubarak to meet King Hassan II in March
Egyptian sources confirmed to the ArabicNews.com that the high joint committee between Egypt and Morocco is going to convene next march under the chairmanship of the Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his Moroccan counterpart, King Hassan II.
Egypt-Morocco, Politics, 1/4/1999
Partnership agreement to be signed between Egypt and the European Union
Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister for European Affairs Fathi El-Shazeli stated that he expects a partnership agreement to be signed between Egypt and the European Union during the coming few weeks.
Egypt-European Union, Politics, 1/4/1999
Japanese FM to start visit to the Middle East
Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura will start a tour next Tuesday including Britain and the Middle East within the framework of Japan's endeavors to give the Middle East peace process a push forward.
Regional-Japan, Politics, 1/4/1999
Arab interior ministers' meeting is to be held at end of January
For the first time the Jordanian capital Amman is going to host the meetings of the 16th session of Arab interior ministers, where Egyptian Minister of Interior Habib El-Adli is going to chair his country's delegation to the meetings.
Regional, Politics, 1/4/1999
Sahara issue in decisive turning point says Moroccan minister
The Sahara issue is currently going through a decisive turning point, despite some positive aspects, a Moroccan minister said.
Morocco, Politics, 1/4/1999
Olive trees make Syria one of the largest producer of olive oil
Olive trees have spread all over Syria and today they represent one major aspect of the country's landscape.
Syria, Agriculture, 1/4/1999
Damascus hosts courses on food testing laboratories
Syrian Minister of Supply and Internal Trade Nadeem Akkash and the representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization in Damascus, Mustafa Sinasser, on Saturday signed an agreement on holding training courses in the area of food testing laboratories.
Syria, Economics, 1/4/1999
Morocco's car sales up 10 percent in 1998
Morocco's car sales increased in 1998 by 10 % to 54,938 units against 49,897 vehicles sold in 1997, the Moroccan car-makers' federation said in its latest release.
Morocco, Business, 1/4/1999
Iranian protest against normalization with the US
The Iranian capital, Tehran on Sunday witnessed a large demonstration in which thousands of Iranian university students participated in protest against the US practices against peoples of the world, especially against the people of Iraq.
Iran, Politics, 1/4/1999
Morocco will not oppose return of Moroccan Jews living in Israel
Morocco will not oppose the return of Moroccan Jews living in Israel who wish to, speaker of the Moroccan House of Representatives, Abdelouahed Radi, told an Arab daily.
Morocco, Politics, 1/4/1999
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Israeli Army radio on Sunday quoted the chairman of the Israeli Meretz movement, Yossi Sarid, as saying, "It has become crystal clear now that the only possibility to pull the Israeli army out from south Lebanon is through making negotiations with Syria."
The British Sunday Telegraph reported on Sunday that kidnapping of British tourists in Yemen was carried out in revenge for the bombarding of Iraq. The paper added that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation has proof that those who were dragged into kidnapping foreigners in Yemen were trained in camps supervised by exiled Saudi billionaire Osama Bin Laden.
The United Kingdom has appointed Sir Ivan Callan as new ambassador to Oman, effective in February, replacing Richard Muir.
Bahrain's Cabinet agreed on the amendment of the Gulf state's weapons law concerning allowing citizens to possess weapons, Bahrain Tribune reported.
UAE immigration officials arrested 33 illegal immigrants adding that those arrested were also involved in "immoral" activities, Khaleej Times reported.
Oman's Sultan Qaboos issued a decree on Sunday establishing a 25 meter "inviolable area" on each side of oil pipelines in the country, Oman Daily observer reported.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a message to Palestinian President Yasser Arafat demanding that the Palestinian Authority find those who carried out the shooting in Hebron in which two Israeli women were killed. Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai condemned the attack and called on the IDF to make an intelligence effort to determine who is responsible.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak received a written communique from the foreign minister of Switzerland, Flavio Cotti, in which Switzerland is calling on Egypt to make financial reparations to families of the victims of the 35 persons from Switzerland who died in the 1997 Luxor incident.
In its first meeting under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Ismael Hamdani, the new Algerian government determined and set up its program, which will be submitted to the parliament on January 7.
Royal Air Moroc has decided to increase the number of its non-stop flights from Casablanca to Geneva from three to five weekly.
Morocco drained in 1998 about two million foreign tourists earning the country around $ 164 million, representing a 20 percent increase compared to the returns posted last year.
For the first time in a long time the tourist occupation rate in Aswan's five-star hotels increased to more than 90% as 5,000 tourists spent the new year in Aswan.
Egyptian Minister of Petroleum Hamdi El-Banbi announced that the Egyptian parliament is studying six new agreements to search for petroleum in Egypt whose investments are worth $1 billion in addition to the adjustment in one of the two agreements by adding $540 million dollar to the current investment. El-Banbi told ArabicNews.com that the offers was presented by six international companies.
The price of the united European currency, the euro, reached the Egyptian banks at a price of 396.9 piasters for purchasing and 402.8 piasters for selling. Banking stated that the Egyptian pound will not be affected by the euro.
In the context of changing the demographic and geographic structure of the occupied Arab lands, Israel has recently transported underground treasures, including antiquities from the Syrian Golan Heights, demonstrating the historical record of the area. AFP reported that Israeli authorities have transported from the occupied Syrian Golan Heights to Israel an engraved leopard from Banit Castle site dating back to the 12th century AD in the Memluke age. The engraved leopard's length is 1.5 meters and the width 70 cm. It is in good condition and one of the most beautiful pieces of its kind.
Jordanian banks on Sunday started to deal in the new European Union currency, the "euro," and new bank accounts are being opened using this currency. Officials at these banks stress that dealers can simultaneously keep other accounts in dollars and other European currencies relating to the EU's member states.
Chairman of the municipality council of Ramallah, Issa Zeyadah, died on Saturday night at the age of 60. The Palestinian Jordanian daily al-Ayam said on Sunday that Zeyadah died suddenly after he felt a great pain in his chest. He was admitted to the hospital, but doctors' efforts failed to save his life.
The Jordanian daily al-Dostour reported on Sunday that Egyptian, Palestinian and Jordanian contacts are being made to convene a tripartite meeting on the level of foreign ministers in order to discuss developments in the Middle East peace process, the Iraqi crisis and the latest developments in the Arab and international arenas.
Former director general of the Israeli Premier's office Avigdor Lieberman has announced the establishment of a new party under his chairmanship named "Israel, Our House." The Israeli radio said on Sunday that the newly established party will compete for votes with members of the Israel' B'Aliya party for the 15th Knesset elections which will be held on May 17. Meantime, member of the Israeli Knesset Dan Meridor has called upon Israeli figures who want to joint the new "Middle Party" to unify their ranks regardless to the question of selecting a candidate for Israeli prime minister.
US Middle East peace process coordinator Dennis Ross intends to conduct a new tour in the region that will include Tel Aviv and the Palestinian self-rule areas in a new attempt to salvage the signed and already frozen agreements between Israel and the Palestinian government, Israeli radio reported. The radio added that Ross will arrive in Tel Aviv by the end of the current week.
The French daily Le Figaro has said according to information from government sources in Tel Aviv that the year 1997 was exceptional in terms of Israel's exports of weapons estimated at a value of 14.4 billion French francs, due to a huge contract with Turkey that amounted at 3.4 billion French francs and provided for modernizing 54 Phantom planes.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Saturday in Sanaa discussed with the chief of Hamas political bureau, Khaled Mishal, developments pertaining to the Palestinian cause in light of the renewed stalemate in the Middle East peace process.
Lebanese Premier Salim al-Hoss announced on Sunday in Beirut that Lebanon will submit a complaint to the April Understanding monitoring committee against Israel regarding the Israeli air raid carried out on the Bekaa area on Sunday afternoon resulting in several civilian casualties.