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Arab figures believe Arab disputes will increase Israeli obstinacy
A poll of 55 Arab cultural and political figures from Egypt, Syria, Kuwait, Palestine, Emirates, Yemen, Tunisia, Libya and Saudi Arabia conducted by El-Ahram newspaper found that 76% said "we are living in the worst Arabian conditions," while 46% said that the Arab summit will not be convened.
Regional, Politics, 1/23/1999
Syrian FM confers with AL chief to insure success of Cairo meeting
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa today in Cairo received the Secretary General of the Arab League Esmat Abdul Meguid.Talks dealt on means of providing the meeting a success and to conclude results serving common Arab interests.
Syria-Regional, Politics, 1/23/1999
Consultative meeting tomorrow by 16 foreign ministers, four Arab League delegates
The expanded consultative ministerial meeting for the Arab states is to be held tomorrow in Cairo to discuss the Iraqi crisis and its repercussions in the presence of 16 foreign ministers and four permanent delegates to the Arab League.
Regional-Egypt, Politics, 1/23/1999
Albright to visit Saudi Arabia Tuesday for consultations on Iraq sanctions
US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is to arrive in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday on a brief Middle East tour during which she will hold important discussions with the Saudi leaders that focus on bilateral ties between the two countries.
Regional-Saudi Arabia-USA, Politics, 1/23/1999
Iraq calls Arab states to lift embargo
Iraqi Deputy Premier Tariq Aziz called on the Arab states to open a new page in their relations with Iraq and urged Arab foreign ministers to lift the embargo imposed on Baghdad during their meeting scheduled this weekend in Cairo.
Iraq-Regional, Politics, 1/23/1999
Arab FMs meeting will not call for lifting sanctions off Iraq
The Kuwaiti daily al-Rai al-Am said today ( Saturday) quoting Arab diplomatic sources in Cairo as saying that the final statement of the Arab FM s consultation meeting will not call for lifting the embargo imposed on Iraq
Regional-Iraq, Politics, 1/23/1999
Iraqi dailies expect failure of Cairo meeting
The Iraqi daily Babel issued today expected the failure of Cairo meeting which will be dedicated to Iraq due to stances taken by certain Arab states.
Iraq-Regional, Politics, 1/23/1999
Albright starts new measures to topple Saddam Hussein
The Turkish daily "Hurriet" reported on Friday that US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has initiated new steps to topple Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 1/23/1999
Iraqi buildup on border with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait
Well-informed sources in Dubai said the Higher Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq stressed on Friday that Iraq had built up its troops on the border with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
Iraq, Politics, 1/23/1999
Istiqlal party leader renews Morocco's resolve to peacefully settle Sebta-Mellilia issue
Secretary General of the Moroccan Istiqlal Party, a member of the Socialist-led coalition government, renewed Morocco's desire to peacefully settle the issue of the two northern Moroccan cities of Sebta and Mellilia which are still controlled by Spain.
Morocco, Politics, 1/23/1999
Sudanese foreign minister: 1999 a year for resuming relations with Arab states
Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Othman Ismael announced that 1999 will be a year that represents the full return of Sudanese - Arab relations and normalization with the Arab states.
Sudan-Regional, Politics, 1/23/1999
Revolutionary committee movement withdraws from ruling National Conference in Sudan
Akoud Abdul Qader, an official in the revolutionary committees movement, expressed his intention to declare war on the political parties, saying that the law allows the formation of political organizations instead of parties.
Sudan, Politics, 1/23/1999
Israeli defense minister to visit Egypt tomorrow
It was announced today in Cairo that Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai will visit Egypt on Sunday for a few hours, during which he will meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Defense Minister Hussein Tantawi.
Egypt-Israel, Politics, 1/23/1999
King Hussein expected to announce choice of elder son as crown prince on Monday
Jordan's King Hussein is to direct a speech to his people on Monday in which he is expected to announce his anticipated to appoint his oldest son, Prince Abdullah as crown prince, succeeding Prince Hassan, the king's brother, who occupied this post for 33 years.
Jordan, Politics, 1/23/1999
Louisa Hanoun: first woman to be nominated in Algeria presidential elections
Louisa Hanoun, the head of the Labor Party in Algeria, announced her candidacy in the presidential elections in Algeria which are to be held in the coming April.
Algeria, Politics, 1/23/1999
Palestine calls for boycott of Jewish settlement products
The Palestinian government called on Russia, Japan and European Union to boycott products made in Jewish settlements planted by Israel in Palestinian lands.
Palestine, Politics, 1/23/1999
French aircraft engine maker to set up joint ventures with Moroccan airline
Head of the French Group "La Societe Nationale D'Etude et De Construction Des Moteurs D'Aviation" said recently in Paris that his group is planning to set up joint ventures with Moroccan flag carrier "Royal Air Maroc."
Morocco-France, Business, 1/23/1999
Vedrine to visit Tunisia within weeks, France express support to Palestine
Tunisian Minister for Foreign Affairs Saeed Bin Mustafa and his French counterpart Hubert Vedrine agreed to postpone the official visits scheduled to be made by the French minister to Tunisia on Thursday until the coming weeks.
Tunisia-France, Politics, 1/23/1999
French diplomatic activity in Cairo
French Secretary of State for Tourism Michelle Demessine is to arrive in Cairo on Tuesday to start a three-day visit at the initiation of Egyptian Minister of Tourism Mamdouh El-Beltagi, a press statement released by the French embassy in Cairo today said.
Egypt-France, Economics, 1/23/1999
Saudi Arabia celebrates its foundation's centenary
Saudi Arabia started on Friday its officials and people's celebrations on the one hundredth anniversary of its foundation by King Abdul Aziz al-Saud.
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 1/23/1999
Search ends for sailors lost in the Gulf
United Arab Emirates newspaper Gulf News reported today that UAE forces have stopped searching for British sailor Robert Glazzard and New Zealander Aaron Hopa according to a release from the rescue police.
United Arab Emirates, Local, 1/23/1999
French court sentences eight for aiding Algerian extremists
A court in France sentenced eight men to prison because they aided Algerian extremists.
Algeria-France, Judicial, 1/23/1999
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Sultan Qaboos Bin Said of Oman is to pay a visit to Cairo during the coming few days. Official diplomatic sources said Sultan Qaboos will hold discussions during the visit with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak tackling bilateral ties between the two countries as well current Arab issues topped by the Iraq crisis and the Middle East peace process.
Iraq has repaired its civil constructions damaged by the recent US-British attacks on the Iraqi territories in the second half of December, 1998. Iraqi officials said on Friday that two hospitals, one main ring-road and the headquarters of the Ministry of Justice were reconstructed. Director general of people's clinic at al-Leqaa Hospital in al-Karakh suburb said, "Work continued day and night to restore everything to what it had been before."
In a speech delivered on behalf of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz on the occasion of Saudi Arabia's centennial, Riyadh Governor Prince Sulman bin Abdul Aziz said Saudi Arabia's foreign policy stresses maintaining relations with Arab and Islamic states, Gulf Daily News reported.
A delegation including 300 Israeli youths known as "the Israeli youth movement" arrived in Amman on Friday for a two-day visit to Jordan.
Algerian security sources said on Friday that an armed group killed five persons on Thursday night in Seide al-Kabir in Blida province, 50 km south of the capital Algiers. The sources gave no details on conditions pertaining to the carnage.
Diplomatic sources in Cairo stated on Friday that the Yemeni request to convene an Arab meeting concerning Iraq may be discussed during the meeting of the Arab foreign ministers to be held on Sunday. The sources said that no decision will be taken in the ministerial meeting on convening the Arab summit despite support from Sudan and others for the convening of the Arab summit to discuss the Iraqi question, Radio Monte Carlo reported.
UK Foreign Office Minister Derek Fatchett will visit the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Egypt starting Sunday to discuss bilateral ties, Gulf Times reported.
Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz said that last month's US - British air strikes targeted Iraq's leadership, Bahrain Tribune reported.
The head of the financial market department Abdul Hamid Ibrahim is going to deliver an address before the Anerican Chamber of Commerce in Egypt on Monday on the development of the Egyptian financial market and efforts to continue strengthening local, Arab and international stock markets to exchange experiences and cooperation to achieve joint interests.