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AL session avoids mention of prisoners, missing and no-fly zones
The decision assigned the AL chief to create a mechanism to settle humanitarian issues between Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. It avoided mentioning the no-fly zones in the northern and southern parts of Iraq.
Regional-Iraq, Politics, 3/19/1999
Mandela says Libya to put an end to Lockerbie issue
South African President Nelson Mandela is visiting Libya for talks with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi on the trial of two Libyan suspects in the 1988 bombing of a PanAm jetliner and has reported that real progress has been made.
Libya-Saudi Arabia-South Africa, Politics, 3/19/1999
Israel confiscates Palestinian officials' papers
Israel revoked special travel permits and privileges for three Palestinian lawmakers who participated in a meeting with a group of European officials at the PLO's Orient House in occupied Al-Quds (Jerusalem).
Palestine, Politics, 3/19/1999
Syrian deputy premier to visit Ankara
A Turkish diplomatic source said on Wednesday that Syrian Deputy Premier for Economic Affairs Salim Yassin will visit Ankara on Monday, while a western diplomatic source in Damascus has asserted that Ankara is eager to strengthen its relations with Syria and Lebanon and it aspires to do so through "the economic gate."
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 3/19/1999
UAE will not ask for Arab mediation to settle conflict with Iran
Well-informed sources in Abu Dhabi have asserted that none of the Arab states proposed to the UAE to mediate between it and Iran or to make any effort for "purifying the atmospheres with Tehran."
United Arab Emirates-Regional, Politics, 3/19/1999
Morocco, Columbia sign partnership accord
Morocco ranks first among Columbia's clients in the African continent. In 1996, Morocco received 91.4% of the Latin American country's exports to Africa. These exports are mainly made up of tobacco, sugar, coffee, and agricultural machinery.
Morocco-Colombia, Politics, 3/19/1999
Algeria permits international committee to visit its prisons
The Algerian mission to the UN in Geneva announced on Thursday that Algeria had approved that the International Committee of the Red Cross resume its visits to the country's prisons after a six-year suspension.
Algeria, Politics, 3/19/1999
Arab business council due to meet in May
the deputy chairman of the council, Saeed El-Taweel, told ArabicNews.com that the businessmen are going to discuss during the meeting the promotion of an Arab economy, how to advance the Arab free trade zone, means of upgrading the links between all Arab business assemblies.
Regional, Economics, 3/19/1999
Damascus calls on Turkish authorities to discuss water
A Turkish daily has quoted Syrian Information Minister Muhammad Salman as saying that "it is a ripe time now to put the issue of water with Turkey on the table."
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 3/19/1999
Fatchett to visit Lebanon next week
British Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Derek Fatchett will conduct an official visit to Lebanon on March 22 and 23, during which he will hold talks with Lebanese President Emile Lahoud and Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss dealing with the situation in South Lebanon and the Middle East peace process.
Lebanon-UK, Politics, 3/19/1999
Egyptian - Norwegian company to run airports
The establishment of an Egyptian - Norwegian company specializing in the field of designing, implementing, and running airports and in basic infrastructure work, named Nerga, was announced yesterday in Cairo.
Egypt, Business, 3/19/1999
Three commercial agreements between Egypt and Uganda
Egypt and Uganda signed three agreements to enhance commercial exchange and increase exports.
Egypt-Uganda, Economics, 3/19/1999
Message from al-Assad to Mubarak
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Thursday in Cairo received Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa, who handed him a message from President Hafez al-Assad on consultations and exchanging views on current developments in the region and the peace process.
Syria-Regional, Politics, 3/19/1999
US security official in Damascus
The US undersecretary of state for diplomatic security affairs, David Carpenter, held talks on Wednesday with Syrian officials at the headquarters of the Syrian Foreign Ministry relating to bilateral relations.
Syria-USA, Politics, 3/19/1999
Rainfall and irrigation in Syria
Against the background of an increased use of artificial irrigation and the country's high population growth, water reserves are set to become a problem in the near future. According to the World Bank, Syria's current per capita renewable reserves of 432 cubic meters will decline to around 160 cubic meters by 2025. As in other countries of the region water management will therefore become increasingly important.
Syria, Agriculture, 3/19/1999
Libya establishes the first Oasis in Toshka
The first Oasis in the Toshka area is being established with Libyan investment and financing in the framework of the Egyptian - Libyan joint plan for establishing four similar Oases in the new cities in the South Valley, Rafah, Sinai, Sidi Barani and the desert road between Cairo and Alexandria to serve development projects and face increasing tourism movement.
Egypt-Libya, Economics, 3/19/1999
Joint investment projects between Egypt and Kazakhstan
Ibrahim Fawzi, head of Egypt's general organization for investment and free trade zones discussed yesterday in Cairo with a commercial delegation from Kazakhstan under the chairmanship of Adilbek Dzhaksybekov, mayor of Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan the possibility of establishing joint investment projects in the fields of mineral resources, building supplies, metal and food industries.
Egypt-Kazakhstan, Economics, 3/19/1999
Morocco earmarks $4.5 million to university scientific research
Morocco has earmarked some $4.5 million for the promotion of university scientific research, part of a program meant to back scientific research.
Morocco, Science, 3/19/1999
Princess Ann due in Cairo in April
Princess Ann, the daughter of the British queen, is going to pay a five-day visit to Cairo at the end of April as the head of the Save the Children Fund.
Egypt, Education, 3/19/1999
Bahraini opposition calls for releasing detainees
The Bahraini Shiite opposition residing in London on Wednesday called for releasing their leader and other detainees after assertions made by Bahraini Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Issa al-Khaleifa that he will make no discrimination between citizens.
Bahrain, Politics, 3/19/1999
Israeli forces demolish three houses in Arnoun
Lebanon has lodged an urgent complaint with the April Understanding Monitoring Committee after the Israeli occupation forces on Thursday demolished three houses in the liberated town of Arnoun.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 3/19/1999
Alexandria Library to be inaugurated at the end of 1999
It was decided to inaugurate the project to renovate the Library of Alexandria at the end of the current year to coincide with Egyptian celebrations of third millennium.
Egypt, Culture, 3/19/1999
British economic delegation to visit seven Egyptian cities
Ambassador Ehab Serour, the secretary general of the Egyptian - British Business Council said that British businesses and organizations decided to send an investment and commercial delegation to make a tour of seven Egyptian cities under the name the "Delta Road Show," including 35 representatives of companies and financial corporations, in April.
Egypt-UK, Politics, 3/19/1999
100 million pounds in deals at Cairo International Fair
The Cairo International Fair concluded yesterday its two-week session. El-Said Saleh, head of the exhibition organization, said that the value of contracts signed by the participants in the fair reached 100 million Egyptian pounds.
Egypt, Economics, 3/19/1999
Tunisian order of merit for Othman al-Aidi
Tunisian Minister of Tourism and Traditional Handicrafts Salaheddine Maawi has, in the name of Tunisian President Zein al-Abidin Bin Ali, invested Othman al-Aidi with the Golden Jasmine order of merit, the highest in the domain of tourism, in appreciation for his being the first Arab (Syrian) to assume the post of the chairman of the International Federation for Hotels and Tourism.
Regional-Tunisia, Politics, 3/19/1999
Arab foreign ministers 111th session's meeting conclude
The Arab Foreign Ministers in Thursday concluded the works of their 111th session held on March 17 and 18 at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo.
Regional, Politics, 3/19/1999
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In statements to the chief editor of the Egyptian daily al-Gomhuria published on Thursday, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak expressed his denunciation to the campaign mounted by Israel against Egypt in order to disarm it. He added that the weapons Egypt gets are just "Egypt's credit to defend herself," adding that Egypt calls for a genuine peace, but it has to have weapons with which it can defend itself. He indicated that the Israelis "obviously don't want anybody to own these weapons to maintain their supremacy in the region," which, he said, "is wrong thinking by all means."
The United Nations World Food Program said food supplies in Sudan are dangerously low and the organization said it needs funds to replenish its supply.
The United Nations Compensation Committee approved restitution worth $173,603,873 addressing 259 corporate claims and $14,653,766 in response to 24 claims brought by 14 governments for damages resulting from Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
The US ambassador to Cairo, Daniel Kurtzer, stated that the US raids on Iraq will stop when Iraqi President Saddam Hussein stops firing on US jets. He added, "We must admit Egypt's leading role over the past 20 years" adding that Egyptian - US relations are in continuous prosperity.
A spokesman for South African President Nelson Mandela said on Thursday that Mandela will take part today in a "people's gathering" together with Libyan President Moammar Gaddafi following talks between the two presidents which dealt with developments concerning Lockerbie incident.