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Yemen accuses Britain of terrorism against it
Yemeni Minister of the Interior Hussein Arab has accused Britain of being involved in terrorist schemes in Yemen and that it had provided two "reserve British passports for the detained groups in Yemen," adding that this group was assigned to carry out this scheme in Yemen.
Yemen, Politics, 2/4/1999
UAE minister: Toppling the government in Iraq would lead to partition
The United Arab Emirates' defense minister, who is also Dubai's crown prince, Sheikh Muhammad Bin Rashid al-Maktoum, has warned that any change from abroad of the Iraqi government would lead to a civil war and to the partition of Iraq.
United Arab Emirates, Politics, 2/4/1999
El-Baz: Egypt will do its utmost to prevent division of Iraq
In a symposium at the Cairo International Book fair yesterday evening the Egyptian president's political advisor, Osama El-Baz, stated that Egypt is against the division of Iraq and is going to use all its power in all countries to prevent this division.
Egypt, Politics, 2/4/1999
Morocco and Egypt agree to bolster trade exchanges
El Youssoufi who met with the Egyptian official said on Wednesday that despite the big rise in the two-way trade to $ 30 million in 1998 from $18 million the previous year, trade still does not match the "excellent political relations" between the two Arab states
Morocco-Egypt, Economics, 2/4/1999
Al-Chahin: Kuwait's relations with Jordan are proceeding forward
Acting Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Suleiman Majid al-Chahin has stated that Kuwait will not give bases in its territories to train the Iraqi opposition or provide radio stations for the opposition because Kuwait has "other channels to help the Iraqi people."
Kuwait, Politics, 2/4/1999
Mubarak: The Egyptian people will not forgive me if I visit Israel now
Egyptian dailies on Wednesday quoted President Mubarak as saying that the Egyptian people "will not forgive him" a visit to Israel at the current time.
Egypt, Politics, 2/4/1999
Gulf states invest $767 million in textile industry
Abd El-Rahman El-Gafery, the secretary general of the Gulf Organization for Industrial Consultations, announced that the clothing and textile industries in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council is poised to play an effective role in the economies of the GCC states and in the industrial structure in the area.
Gulf, Economics, 2/4/1999
Syria's agriculture trade
Although agriculture as a whole has to be considered one of the success stories of Syria's economic development, the considerable progress made in the sector is under constant pressure from the country's population growth.
Syria, Economics, 2/4/1999
Arafat arrives in US
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat arrived in Washington on early Wednesday for a three-day official visit to the USA. Arafat is scheduled to meet with US President Bill Clinton and US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to discuss Israel's suspension of the implementation of the Wye River agreement signed in October between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Palestine-Israel-USA, Politics, 2/4/1999
Bashar al-Assad visits Lebanon, renews Syria's support
Col. Bashar al-Assad, son of Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, has renewed Damascus' support for the Lebanese president and government.
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 2/4/1999
Arab League secretary general in Morocco in late February
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid, will visit Morocco at the end of this month to attend an international colloquy on the future of Jerusalem on February 23-25.
Morocco-Regional, Politics, 2/4/1999
UN food program asks for money to feed malnourished Iraqis
The United Nations World Food Program yesterday launched an appeal for financial aid to help Iraqi citizens who are suffering from shortages of food and water.
Iraq-UN, Economics, 2/4/1999
Killing 46 Algerian terrorists
An Algerian source told ArabicNews.com today that security forces and the Algerian Army have killed 46 terrorists in a operations in Bouira and Relizane and recovered weapons the terrorists took in the traps they set for Algerian soldiers.
Algeria, Local, 2/4/1999
FAO determined to assist Morocco's agriculture policy, FAO chief says
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) expressed determination to assist Morocco in its efforts in the fields of agriculture and natural resources management.
Morocco, Agriculture, 2/4/1999
Dubai shopping festival on time
Dubai announced that the Dubai Shopping Festival will be held from March 18 - April 14.
United Arab Emirates, Economics, 2/4/1999
Ethiopia accuses Eritrea of mobilizing its forces on the borders
Ethiopia accused Eritrea today of mobilizing its forces on the borders, setting up for an attack on northern Ethiopia.
Eritrea-Ethiopia, Politics, 2/4/1999
US official arrives in Yemen
US Assistant Undersecretary of State for the Middle East affairs Roland Newman arrived in Sanaa on Thursday for a visit to Yemen.
Yemen-USA, Politics, 2/4/1999
40 British companies discuss investment opportunities in Egypt
A major British investment and commercial mission is to arrive in Cairo on Saturday under the chairmanship of Lord Denman, the deputy head of board director of Committee for Middle East Trade (COMET) at the British parliament, to hold major discussions with officials in the Egyptian government from February 6 - 10 to discuss increasing the volume of British investment and the volume of the joint cooperation in trade and technology.
Egypt-UK, Economics, 2/4/1999
US official meets with Taleban official
The US official in charge of southern Asia affairs at the US State Department, Carl Inderfurth, met in Islamabad on Wednesday with the delegation representing the Taleban movement led by Deputy Foreign Minister Jalil Akhound.
Regional-Afghanistan, Politics, 2/4/1999
Iraqi parliament denounces strikes on positions out of the no-fly zone
The Iraqi National Council (Parliament) has denounced US and British air strikes of positions outside the no-fly zones in northern and souther Iraq and described these strikes as part of a conspiracy aimed at undermining the unity of Iraq and its territorial integrity.
Iraq, Politics, 2/4/1999
International and Arab meeting concerning Palestinians
An international meeting begins today in Frankfort to discuss the pledges from the donor states to aid the Palestinians.
Palestine, Economics, 2/4/1999
Morocco has not requested to return to pan-African body
The Organization of African Unity (OAU) said Morocco has not made any request to return to its fold.
Morocco, Politics, 2/4/1999
Tensions escalate between Hamas, Palestinian Authority
Relations between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority have witnessed a rise in tensions in light of accusations exchanged between them following the killing of a Palestinian officer and detention of 27 members of the military wing of Hamas in Gaza.
Palestine, Politics, 2/4/1999
First international club for businessmen established in Egypt
The World Trade Center in Cairo decided establishing the first international club for the businessmen and those who desire to establish joint projects inside Egypt.
Egypt-Regional, Economics, 2/4/1999
1.3 percent real growth for Gulf economies in 1998
The Gulf economies recorded a real growth rate that reached nearly 1.3% last year in spite of the great reduction in income from the energy sector due to the fall in petroleum prices.
Gulf, Economics, 2/4/1999
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An official source in the Russian embassy in Cairo reported today that a Syrian military delegation arrived today in Moscow to discuss purchasing new high-tech military weapons and that the Syrian delegation is concerned with the anti-missile missiles similar to the US Patriot missiles recently obtained by Israel.
Oman's Sultan Qaboos is to pay a formal visit to Egypt today lasting for several days, in which he will hold talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Egyptian Minister of Housing, Utilities, Reconstruction, and New Societies Mohammed Ibrahim Soliman announced that work on the international coastal road, which extends from Rafah to El-Saloum across 1,040 kilometers, will be finished in June. This road links Asia and Africa and costs $735 million.
Japanese Emperor, Akihito, voiced hope to see Moroccan-Japanese relations enhanced and hailed the friendly ties binding him to King Hassan II of Morocco.
Japan granted Morocco around $290,000 to finance several socioeconomic development projects in various remote regions of the Kingdom. The funds will be used mainly in water, education, health and environment protection projects which are expected to raise the citizens living conditions.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh received yesterday a communique from Eritrean President Assyas Afworki on a number of issues, including international and regional developments of interest.
Egypt's businesswomen association 21st century announced in a press statement today that a delegation of Chinese businesswomen is going to visit Egypt during March to activate investment and commercial cooperation among the businesswomen in both countries and agree upon establishing more joint investment projects that aim at financing export projects, as being among the most important basic factors of development in the two countries.
Amman and Algeria agreed yesterday to start work on a commercial cooperation agreement between the two countries signed in March 1997 after finishing the constitutional procedures in both countries.
Iran has reasserted that it is not possible to enter into relations with Israel and the US due to their negative positions towards Iran. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Rida Asgha said that the UN ratification of Iranian President Muhammad Khatami's proposal concerning calling 2001 the year of dialogue among civilizations demonstrates the success of Iranian policy in the international arena.
In compliance with the strategic military cooperation accord signed between Israel and Turkey, the two countries will shortly carry out joint naval maneuvers in the Mediterranean Sea with the participation of US forces, Israeli radio said.
Syrian President Hafez al-Assad on Wednesday received in Damascus the former secretary general of the Arab League, Chazli al-Qlibi. Talks dealt with several Arab issues and the situation in the region.
The Palestinian official in charge of planning and international cooperation, Nabil Shaath, met on Wednesday in Budapest with several Hungarian officials including the foreign minister. Shaath praised the role played by Hungary in the peace process and in supporting the Palestinian economy, Israel Radio reported.
Former US President George Bush has asserted that the Israeli Likud party had created problems during the Madrid Conference, especially Benjamin Netanyahu who was then the Israeli assistant foreign minister. President Bush expressed in an interview with the French daily Le Figaro his conviction that the forthcoming Israeli elections will be important. "I hope the Israeli electors will wonder how progress can be made in the peace process." He underlined the importance of the Madrid Conference.
The Russian Foreign Ministry denied on Wednesday news reports which said that the leader of the Kurdish Workers Party, Abdullah Ocalan, had returned to Russia asking asylum.
The German charge de affaires in Amman has asserted that the forthcoming tour of German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer to the Middle East, which aims at revitalizing the role of the Middle East in the regional peace process as Germany is the current President of the EU. Jordanian Foreign Ministry sources said that Fischer will visit Amman on February 13 in order to hold talks with Jordanian officials on the European role as well as bilateral relations between Jordan and Germany.