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Mubarak, Gaddafi tackle Sudan issue
The Sudanese daily al-Rai al-Am in its Wednesday issue expected that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Libyan President Moammar Gaddafi discussed the Sudanese problem between the government and the opposition during Gaddafi's current visit to Cairo.
Sudan-Regional, Politics, 3/11/1999
Chirac calls for adopting the French ideas to settle the Iraqi crisis
Assistant spokesperson for the French Presidential Palace Fredrik Denranyu said on Wednesday in Paris that during his meeting with the secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the French president called for taking into account the French ideas which are based on the three principles of monitoring the Iraqi armament, financial monitoring of Iraqi resources and partial lifting of the economic sanctions imposed on Iraq.
Gulf-Iraq-France, Politics, 3/11/1999
French and US position on Iraq and Gulf states' double-speak
The French daily "Liberation" said on Tuesday that the Arab Gulf states are in a real mess. They criticize the US raids on Iraq and at the same time are still linked to Washington.
Regional-Iraq-France, Politics, 3/11/1999
Report: New phase in relations between Syria and Turkey
Syrian Minister of Information Muhammad Salman stressed the need to treat disputes over water between Syria and Turkey after questions relating to the PKK and security matters were settled and the minister's statements that Damascus wants to sign a new agreement on the distribution of water.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 3/11/1999
Saudi -Kuwaiti opposition to inserting Iraqi captives issue in Arab foreign ministers meetings
The Saudi permanent deputy at the Arab League Fouad Sadek said "We have notified our total objection to Iraq's attempt to convert the captive's issue into the issue of the missing," during the meeting of the permanent deputies for Arab states at the Arab League on Wednesday.
Iraq-Regional, Politics, 3/11/1999
Gaddafi calls on Arab states to remove barriers and shackles
In his meeting with students and professors from Egyptian universities, Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Gaddafi confirmed that the Arab states have failed to reach a national patriotic unity or even the economic integrity achieved in many regions of the world, citing the example of the European Union.
Regional, Politics, 3/11/1999
Saudi Arabia inaugurates major oil field
Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz on Wednesday inaugurated the al-Sheiba oil field in the al-Raba' al-Khali (Empty Quarter) desert located in southeastern Saudi Arabia, which is considered one of the greatest oil projects in the world.
Saudi Arabia, Economics, 3/11/1999
Report: On the future of Syrian-Jordanian relations
A Jordanian daily quoted well-informed political sources in Amman as expecting further good atmospheres between Syria and Jordan within the coming days.
Jordan-Syria, Politics, 3/11/1999
Abdul Meguid expects written message from Saddam Hussein
About whether Iraq may withdraw its objections over the follow-up committee concerned with lifting the economic sanctions from Iraq, Abdul Meguid said Iraq did not retreat
Regional-Iraq, Politics, 3/11/1999
Statement by Arab Gulf oil ministers
The oil ministers of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, and Oman have asserted that the reduction in oil prices and the increase in oil storage in the world oil market is not in the interest of the oil-producing or industrial countries in the short or long run.
Gulf, Economics, 3/11/1999
Morocco and Iran for enhanced economic and cultural relations
Morocco and Iran expressed hope that their relations in the fields of economy, finance and culture would be enhanced
Morocco-Iran, Politics, 3/11/1999
Lebanese president stresses cohesion between Syrian-Lebanese tracks
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud on Wednesday warned against Israeli traps and maneuvers aimed at separating the Syrian and Lebanese tracks in the Middle East peace process.
Lebanon, Politics, 3/11/1999
Jordanian parliament refuses al-Rawabdeh resignation from parliament
The Jordanian Parliament on Wednesday refused the written resignation submitted by Prime Minister Abdul Raouf al-Rawabdeh from the membership of the parliament following his selection to head the new Jordanian government.
Jordan, Politics, 3/11/1999
Khatami calls for halting international terrorism
Iranian President Mohammed Khatami urged on the second day of his visit to Italy the establishment of democracy and halting terrorism.
Iran-Italy, Politics, 3/11/1999
Palestinian - Egyptian committee to discuss peace, economic cooperation
The third session of the Palestinian - Egyptian high joint committee is to be convened on Sunday at the headquarters of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry and last for two days.
Egypt-Palestine, Politics, 3/11/1999
Syrian defense minister meets with US air war team
Syrian Deputy Commander in Chief, Deputy Premier and Defense Minister Lt. Gen. Mustafa Tlass on Wednesday received a delegation from the US air war Academy led by Col. Jones Allen, currently visiting Syria.
Syria-USA, Politics, 3/11/1999
Morocco will count on its own resources in Fisheries
Morocco has opted for an approach to count on its own means to manage and exploit its sea fisheries, said here Wednesday Moroccan fisheries minister, Thami Khyari.
Morocco, Economics, 3/11/1999
Yemeni group threatens war against government, threatens US and UK to leave
A Yemeni extremist group released a statement yesterday in which it called itself the new leader of the Aden - Abyan Islamic Army
Yemen, Politics, 3/11/1999
Life imprisonment sentences for six Libyans over bombed plane incident
The Attorney General in charge of terrorism cases at Paris' general court demanded on Wednesday life imprisonment sentences for six members of Libyan intelligence who are accused of being involved in the explosion of a DC-10 plane from the French UTA company.
Libya-France, Politics, 3/11/1999
Iraqi opposition says Baghdad involved in assassinating al-Sader
Sources in the Iraqi opposition said today that the Iraqi government is the only one to be blamed for assassinating Ayatollah Muhammad Baqer al-Hakim and his two sons.
Iraq, Politics, 3/11/1999
Arafat in Jordan to discuss the peace process
Jordan's King Abdullah discussed with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, who is visiting Amman for the first time since his participation in the funeral of the late King Hussein last month, means of activating the peace process.
Jordan-Palestine, Politics, 3/11/1999
Japanese export bank lends $250 million to Oman
Oman's government endorsed an agreement yesterday to obtain a new loan from the Export-Import Bank of Japan (JEXIM) in Tokyo, valued at $250 million to finance the establishment of Sohar port.
Oman-Japan, Economics, 3/11/1999
Moroccan political parties denounce sanctions against Iraqi people as unfair decision
Four Moroccan political parties have denounced the embargo decreed against Iraq as an unfair decision and contrary to human values and called for lifting the sanctions imposed on the Iraqi people
Morocco-Iraq, Politics, 3/11/1999
Moussa: Egypt will follow up on current contacts to solve Lockerbie issue
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa announced that his country is following up the current contacts between the United Nations and Libya concerning the Lockerbie crisis, stating that Libya is concerned with a nearby solution to the crisis.
Egypt-Libya, Politics, 3/11/1999
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Syrian President Hafez al-Assad today will take the oath before the People's Assembly on the occasion of the beginning of his fifth constitutional term. According to Article 85 of the Syrian constitution, the constitutional term is seven years to start as of the termination of the President's current term.
The ruling Socialist Party in Belgium has for the first time nominated a Palestinian woman who resides in Belgium, Fatimah Shabaan, on the list of the party to the European Parliament elections to be held in June. Shaaban called upon all Palestinian women to be involved in politics.
A European parliamentary delegation led by the deputy chairman of the European Union Parliament's foreign relations committee will arrive in Damascus on Friday for a four-day visit. The delegation will hold meeting and talks with a number of high-ranking Syrian senior officials and will visit Quneitra and the UN positions working within UNDOF in the occupied Golan Heights.
Official sources in the Iranian ministry of defense said that Minister of Defense Prince Sultan bin Abd al-Aziz will pay an official visit in coming April. His visit to Iran is the first for Saudi minister of defense heading a large military and political delegation.
US's First Lady Hillary Clinton is due to arrive in Egypt on March 21 for a four-day visit. American diplomatic sources in Cairo said that during her visit First Lady Clinton will meet with Egypt's First Lady Susan Mubarak in Cairo to learn about family and child care in Egypt and to see Egyptian women's role in development.
The Algerian security forces killed one Armed Islamic Group (GIA) member in Rafafseh district in Mu'askar province on Monday.
Libyan President Moammar Gaddafi on Tuesday night visited in Cairo the Egyptian satellite station "Nile Sat" and the city for media production where he met with its artists and staff. Sawt al-Arab radio said that Egyptian Information Minister Safwat al-Sharif, who accompanied Gaddafi on his tour, explained to him the characteristics of this city and the development of artistic and media production in Egypt.
Iraq has called on the Arab states, when they will discuss the question of the no-fly zones imposed on northern and southern Iraq, at the Arab foreign ministers' meeting on March 17 and 18 to take a clear-cut stand which provides for asking the US and Britain to halt the use of force against Iraq and to hold the two countries responsible in this respect.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Abd al-Ilah al-Khatib has asserted that Jordan will continue its policy in dealing with various issues. He stressed the stable and unswerving Jordanian policy towards all debated issues.
The Israeli embassy in Moscow said on Wednesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will pay a working visit to Moscow on March 21 and 22. During his visit Netanyahu will meet with Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov and discuss with him prospects for developing bilateral relations and the Middle East peace process.
King Abdullah Bin al-Hussein of Jordan on Wednesday in Amman discussed with US Defense Secretary William Cohen the general situation in the region, especially the conditions in the Arab Gulf and Iraq. Talks also dealt with the US aid, especially military aid, to Jordan. Cohen also briefed King Abdullah on the results of his tour of the Gulf region.