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Moussa to visit Libya soon on Lockerbie crisis
Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook said in a statement yesterday that progress had been made in the efforts to persuade Libya to turn over the two suspects in the Lockerbie case.
Egypt-Libya, Politics, 2/15/1999
Urgent meeting for Arab ministerial committee to lift the embargo from Iraq
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid has called upon Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa to arrange an urgent meeting of the ministerial committee in charge of following up efforts with the UN Security Council to lift the economic embargo imposed on Iraq.
Regional-Iraq, Politics, 2/15/1999
Albright summons Syrian ambassador in Washington
Monte Carlo radio correspondent in Washington said on Saturday that US - Syrian relations had entered a "critical stage" that may lead to more deterioration between the two countries due to an article written by Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlass.
Syria-USA, Politics, 2/15/1999
Tlass comments on US reaction to statements he made to Tishreen al-Osbo'
Syrian Defense Minister
Syria-USA, Politics, 2/15/1999
Saddam Hussein threatens to attack military bases in Gulf states
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein threatened yesterday that Iraq is capable of attacking the bases that US and British planes use in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
Iraq, Politics, 2/15/1999
Iranian - Kuwaiti intensive talks
Iranian official sources and Gulf diplomatic sources said the Kuwaiti successor is to pay an official visit to Iran at the beginning of March, before an official visit to be paid by Iranian President Mohammad Khatami to Italy and the Vatican on March 8.
Kuwait-Iran, Politics, 2/15/1999
Morocco deplores U.S. - British strikes against Iraq
Morocco deplores the U.S. - British air strikes against Iraq and renews attachment to the respect of Iraq's territorial integrity and sovereignty, said Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi.
Morocco-Iraq, Politics, 2/15/1999
Palestinian opposition views confederation with Jordan as suspicious
The People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Hamas movement on Sunday refused the call advocated by Yasser Arafat to maintain a confederation with Jordan.
Palestine-Jordan, Politics, 2/15/1999
Jordanian Speaker: Confederation with Jordan has preconditions
Speaker of the Jordanian Parliament, Abdul Hadi al-Majali, has asserted that confederation with Jordan has preconditions to be attained.
Jordan-Palestine, Politics, 2/15/1999
Jordanian parties call for political factions' solidarity
Secretaries of political parties in Jordan have called for starting a new phase in the life of Jordan on the grounds of solidarity between all political forces.
Jordan, Politics, 2/15/1999
Syrian president thanks the citizens for his nomination
President Hafez al-Assad on Saturday gave a speech on Syrian television on the occasion of his nomination for a fifth constitutional term of office.
Syria, Politics, 2/15/1999
Syrian president reviews Middle East peace with German official
Syrian President Hafez al-Assad on Saturday received in Damascus German Foreign Minister and chairman of the European Union Council Joschka Fischer and members of his accompanying delegation.
Syria-European Union, Politics, 2/15/1999
Morocco, India conclude three cooperation accords
Morocco and India concluded over the weekend in Rabat three cooperation accords in matters of investments, tourism and information.
Morocco-India, Politics, 2/15/1999
Casablanca and Bahrain stock exchanges sign memorandum of understanding
This accord, the first ever concluded by the Casablanca bourse with an Arab financial market, will contribute to sustaining Arab economy, as put by the chairman of the administrative board of the Casablanca bourse.
Morocco-Bahrain, Economics, 2/15/1999
Iraqi foreign minister hails Morocco's backing and solidarity with Iraq
Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Said al-Sahaf hailed Morocco's backing and solidarity with the Iraqi people who are going through difficult circumstances in view of the UN embargo and US-British air strikes.
Iraq-Morocco, Politics, 2/15/1999
Egypt, Germany express concern over stalemated peace process
German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said "We and Egypt are very concerned over the deadlock in the Middle East peace process."
Egypt, Politics, 2/15/1999
Turkey to import Egyptian gas via Syria
The Turkish news bulletin NTF said on Sunday that the Turkish government intends to open a line for importing Egyptian gas via Syria. The television report added that this measure comes following the calm prevailing in Syrian - Turkish relations following the crisis pertaining to the leader of the Kurdistani Workers Party (PKK), Abdullah Ocalan.
Egypt-Turkey, Economics, 2/15/1999
Palestinian committee drops Hawatmeh's membership
The higher follow-up Palestinian National Committee has decided to drop the membership of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine from the committee due to the meeting of the front's secretary general, Nayef Hawatemah, and Israeli President Ezer Weizman during King Hussein's funeral last Monday.
Palestine, Politics, 2/15/1999
War continues between Ethiopia, Eritrea
One MI-24 helicopter gunship was shot down by air defense units of the Eritrean Armed Forces and crashed behind Eritrean defense lines
Ethiopia-Eritrea, Politics, 2/15/1999
Spain hosts Kurdish parliament
The speaker of the regional parliament for the Basque district in Northern Spain, Juan Maria Atotska, on Sunday reiterated that his parliament will host in July the Kurdish Parliament in exile, despite the opposition of the Spanish government which fears the eruption of a crisis with Turkey.
Regional-Spain, Politics, 2/15/1999
Golan citizens reject Israeli ID
The Syrian citizens in the occupied Syrian Golan heights have reiterated their rejection of the Israeli identity card, which the Israeli occupation authorities have been trying to impose on them for the past seventeen years.
Syria, Politics, 2/15/1999
Algeria hosts Arab youth, sports ministers meeting
The council of the Arab Youth Organization and sports ministers will hold its 22nd session in Algiers on February 20 with the participation of Arab sports and youth ministers.
Regional, Culture, 2/15/1999
Unease in Lebanese - French ties
Lebanese sources told ArabicNews.com that France directed an invitation to the Lebanese Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Saghir to pay an official visit to Paris soon.
Lebanon-France, Politics, 2/15/1999
Morocco hosts conference on human rights education in the Arab states
Morocco will play host this February17-20 to a conference on human rights education in the Arab world.
Regional, Education, 2/15/1999
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The Egyptian daily al-Akhbar expected party and governmental changes in Syria following the reelection of President Hafez al-Assad to a new constitutional term. In a study reported by its news team to Damascus which took part in covering news of the referendum on nominating President al-Assad, published on Sunday, the paper said the aim of these changes is to renovate the infrastructure in Syria and inject new blood which would help in further "development of modern Syria."
The monthly report of the Egyptian central bank said that total deposits in banks working in Egypt at the end of last November reached 222.663 billion Egyptian pounds, an increase of 17.139 billion pounds over November 1997.
Equatorial Guinean President Theodoro Obiang Nguema Mbazogo arrived on Sunday in Rabat for a private visit to Morocco. President Mbazogo told the press upon arrival that he is visiting Morocco at the invitation of King Hassan II.
Bahraini Crown Prince Sheikh Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa met with King Abdullah of Jordan, reaffirming Bahrain's support for Jordan, Bahrain Tribune reported.
Bahrain will lift municipal taxes on Bahraini tenants, while keeping fees for expatriates, Gulf Daily News reported.
The UAE emirate of Sharjah arrested 33 illegal immigrants, including 22 who tried to enter the UAE by sea, Khaleej Times reported.
Qatari Foreign Minster Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani will visit the United States this week to address bilateral and regional issues, Gulf Times reported.
The Muscat Book Fair opens today at the Oman International Exhibition Center, Oman Daily Observer reported.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Said al-Sahaf will arrive today in Khartoum for a visit during which he will convey a communique from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to president Omar El-Bashir.
Jordanian Prime Minister Fayez Tarawneh stated yesterday that King Abdullah placed his trust in Tarawneh's government, formed on August 20, 1998, and commanded him to resume work after placing himself at the King's disposal after the death of King Hussein.
The representative of Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company, Badawy, announced that the company will begin to pump Sudanese petroleum for export on June 30, coinciding with the tenth anniversary of the coup d'etat of 1989.
Former Bahraini Minister of Information Abdul Rahman al-Mu'yed died on Sunday morning in London at the age of 56. The deceased occupied the post of the information minister in 1973 as well as his posts as chairman of the higher tourism council and the national council for culture, the arts and literature.
President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen will visit Japan in the middle of March leading a high-ranking official delegation. During his visit, Saleh will discuss with Japanese officials conditions in the Middle East and several international issues of mutual concern.
In a statement issued on Saturday, the Kuwaiti Embassy in Amman announced abrogation of its celebrations of Kuwait's national day and liberation day. The Kuwaiti decision was taken as a sign of Kuwait's participation in the mourning with Jordan over the death of King Hussein.
Qatar's Crown Prince Sheikh Jasem Bin Hamad al-Thani met on Saturday with Egypt's minister of oil and mineral resources, Hamdi El-Banbi, and chairman of the Suez Canal commission, Ahmad Fadel. The Gulf News Agency said the two sides reviewed relations between the two countries especially in the areas of oil and gas and means of developing them.
Iran has denied claims quoted by the mass media on statements of a Pakistani official on the possibility of the arrival of Osama Bin Laden in Iran. An official source at the Iranian Foreign Ministry expressed in a statement he made in Tehran on Sunday his regret over such claims. Earlier in the day AFP reported that a Pakistani official said that "Bin Laden was last seen on last Friday near the Iranian borders."
Iraqi Deputy Premier Tariq Aziz arrived on Sunday in Turkey where he will start a working visit to this country at the invitation of Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit. Aziz arrived at al-Khabour border center and was taken by military helicopter to the Deyar Baker district before he headed to Ankara.
The British daily Sunday Telegraph said on Sunday that Russia signed an arms deal with Iraq at an estimated value of US $160 million. In an article quoted by the BBC on Sunday, the paper added that Russian companies will renovate Iraq's anti-aircraft missiles. The paper added that the British foreign secretary may raise the issue of this deal during his next visit to Moscow in two months.
Iraqi Deputy Premier Tariq Aziz on Sunday called for lifting the economic sanctions imposed on Iraq. In an interview with the Japanese Asahi Television via satellite from Baghdad. Aziz added that Baghdad will not permit the return of UNSCOM teams to Baghdad, saying they work for the CIA and the Israeli Mossad. Aziz called upon Japan to develop its foreign policy with Iraq.
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid on Sunday held consultations with Somalia's permanent representative to the Arab League on current Arab conditions, especially the situation in Somalia. Somalia's representative at the AL said his talks during the meeting with the AL chief dealt with preparations to convene the 111th session of the AL council to be held in March, under Somalia's chairmanship.