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Israeli law draft to prevent return of occupied lands passes first vote
The Israeli Knesset ratified the first reading of a draft law that would require an absolute majority in votes on any withdrawal from the occupied Arab territories held by Israel including the Syrian Golan Heights and East Jerusalem.
Israel, Politics, 1/5/1999
Saddam Hussein: Iraq is to confront the planes penetrating its airspace
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has made good on statements that his country is going to confront Western planes that fly in Iraqi airspace. In an incident today in the southern no-fly zone, US warplans clashed with Iraqi aircraft, with one Iraqi plane crashing.
Iraq-USA, Military, 1/5/1999
Moussa: Egyptian moves to activate the Arab role
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa stated that the current period will witness an intensive Arabian movement to discuss and study the current situations in the Arab world.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 1/5/1999
Iraqi - Kuwaiti talks on missing Kuwaitis postponed
The regional representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Bernard Beverly, who supervises talks between Kuwait and Iraq said on Monday in Kuwait that the meeting scheduled to be held on Monday to discuss the Kuwaitis who have been missing since the Iraqi - Kuwaiti war was postponed for an indefinite period.
Kuwait-Iraq, Politics, 1/5/1999
A message for Mubarak from Chinese president
Egyptian television reported on Monday that President Hosni Mubarak has accepted an invitation to make an official visit to China in April. The invitation was extended during Mubarak's meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan in Cairo.
Egypt-China, Politics, 1/5/1999
Report: Al-Ghardaqa meeting commits to Iraq's unity
A Lebanese daily quoted high-ranking Arab diplomatic sources as saying that the al-Ghardaqa meeting which was held two days ago in Egypt to study the Arab position concerning the Iraqi crisis, had concluded three Arab principles which will be on top of the agenda of the Arab ministerial meeting due to be held in Cairo on January 24.
Regional, Politics, 1/5/1999
Israel attacks residential areas in south Lebanon; SLA man killed by resistance
Israeli occupation forces on Monday continued their aggressions against areas adjacent to the occupied part of south Lebanon. Lebanese security sources said occupation artillery targeted on Monday the outskirts of Jibal al-Butoum, al-Mansouri, Yater, Jib Sweid and the road linking Zibqin and al-Henah.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 1/5/1999
Egyptian ambassador in Jordan meets with Iraqi reconciliation movement delegation
The Egyptian ambassador in Amman, Hani Riyadh, has met with a delegation representing the "Iraqi National Reconciliation" opposition movement, which has Jordan as its headquarters.
Egypt-Iraq, Politics, 1/5/1999
Kuwaiti minister in Amman to prepare for detente in relations
Kuwait Deputy Premier and Minister of State for Cabinet affairs Abdul Aziz al-Dakhil will arrive in Amman today in preparation for a major detente in relations between the two countries.
Kuwait-Jordan, Politics, 1/5/1999
Mubarak to visit Syria for further coordination and consultation
Arab diplomatic sources stated that a visit to be carried out by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to Damascus will be made within the few coming days in the course of continued coordination and consultation between the two countries.
Egypt-Syria, Politics, 1/5/1999
Khatami stresses cooperation with Arab Gulf states
Iranian President Muhammad Khatami has asserted the need of cooperation among countries overlooking the Gulf region in order to achieve security and stability in this "sensitive part of the world."
Gulf-Iran, Politics, 1/5/1999
Cuban president praises Syrian president
President Fidel Castro of Cuba has praised Syrian President Hafez al-Assad's "wise and courageous leadership and his farsightedness towards the Middle East situation."
Regional-Cuba, Politics, 1/5/1999
Saudi crown prince, King Fahd confer with Sultan of Brunei
Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz met on Monday in Riyadh with Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei and members of his accompanying delegation currently visiting Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia-Brunei, Politics, 1/5/1999
On the declaration of the Palestinian state
Israeli political sources said on Monday that a request made by Egypt and Jordan to Palestinian President Yasser Arafat to abstain from declaring the establishment of a Palestinian state in May aims at not interfering in the elections in Israel.
Palestine, Politics, 1/5/1999
Lebanon lodges strong appeal, makes contacts against Israeli aggressions
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud has announced that Lebanon has started making contacts at the highest level through diplomatic channels, fearing the escalation of further Israeli attacks against Lebanese citizens.
Lebanon, Politics, 1/5/1999
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Egyptian police on Monday arrested in Dasouq city of Kafer al-Sheikh province five persons on charges of being members in the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group. They were held in custody for investigation.
The Kuwaiti news agency KUNA reported on Monday that the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development which has Kuwait as a headquarters has offered a loan of US $11.5 to Mauritania.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair will visit Kuwait on Saturday on his way back from South Africa.
Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Monday in Kuwaiti received chairman of the higher council for the Islamic revolution in Iraq, Muhammad Baqer al-Hakim, and members of his accompanying delegation, currently visiting Kuwait.
Egyptian Minister of Interior Habib El-Adli directed today strongly worded warnings to all those who seek to create disturbances and tension in the nation by arising problems.
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid met on Monday in Cairo with Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan. A memorandum of understanding was signed between the AL and China to develop bilateral relations at all levels.