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Algerian national council head: The government secures guarantees for pre elections
The head of the Algerian National Council, Beshir Bu Meaza, announced that the government secured all guarantees that the parties asked for to hold the presidential elections in April in an atmosphere of freedom, fairness and transparency.
Algeria, Politics, 3/23/1999
Israel arrests three of their allied SLA officers suspecting spy penetration
The arrests fall in the course of intensive investigations carried out by Israeli intelligence following the death of Gerstein on February 18. The investigation centered on the possibility of cooperation between SLA officers and the Hizbullah, including the transfer of precise information on Gerstein's movements.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 3/23/1999
Suzanne Mubarak, Hillary Clinton to visit Luxor tomorrow after meeting President Mubarak
US First Lady Hillary Clinton expressed her appreciation to President Mubarak for his role in the peace process and achieving development and expressed her admiration of Egypt's efforts in the field of family planning and motherhood sponsorship. "Earlier today, when I met with President Mubarak, I mentioned that the conference that was held here in Cairo in 1994 was a very important conference in the world because it linked girls' education and reproductive health with development and economic progress.
Egypt-USA, Politics, 3/23/1999
Egyptian Shura council denounces Israel's disavowal of pacts signed with Arabs
The committee for Arab and foreign affairs and national security in the Egyptian Shura council denounced Israeli disavowal of the pacts it endorsed with Arab countries and its attempts to pressure Arab peoples.
Egypt, Politics, 3/23/1999
Syrian deputy prime minister holds constructive talks in Ankara
n a press statement to reporters following his meeting with Yassin, Turkish Deputy Premier Hikmet Ulugbay said that Yassin's visit will be a good opportunity for the two sides to study all aspects of bilateral cooperation and that through these talks the two countries will be able to develop and strengthen bilateral economic cooperation in the forthcoming phase.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 3/23/1999
Libyan court delays trial of nine US officials
A Libyan court postponed yesterday the trial of 9 US officials it considers responsible for planning and implementing the US raids on Tripoli and Ben Gazi in 1986, leading to the deaths of 41 and the injury of 226 others, as well as the damage caused to buildings, such as the residence of Libyan leader Moammar Gadaffi in Tripoli.
Libya-USA, Politics, 3/23/1999
Morocco launches bond issue to reduce debt servicing
Morocco launched on Monday a bond issue, worth 138.7 million euros (one billion FF), guaranteed by the French development fund, a Moroccan official announced here.
Morocco, Economics, 3/23/1999
King Abdullah describes Syrian - Jordanian relations as remarkable
On the Israeli position concerning Jordan's share of waters, King Abdullah said, "It is clear that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to challenge us in this phase, and we, in our turn, tell him we accept this challenge."
Jordan-Regional, Politics, 3/23/1999
Jordanian premier: If you love Syria, I adore it
The Jordanian weekly al-Majd has quoted Jordanian Prime Minister Abdul Raouf al-Rawabdeh as saying in an interview: "If you love Syria, I do adore it. If you are the advocates of openness with Syria and maintaining alliance with it I am the advocate of strategic integration with it in all political fields and on various economic levels."
Jordan-Syria, Politics, 3/23/1999
Russia, Israel to establish a joint commission to monitor aid to Iran, Iraq
Israel and Russia have reached a bilateral agreement providing for establishing a joint commission to monitor the volume and quality of the military aid provided by Russia to Iran.
Israel-Russia, Politics, 3/23/1999
Netanyahu, Sharon fail to convince Russia to stop nuclear aid to Iran
Israeli Radio's correspondent in Moscow said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon failed to convince the Russian government to stop providing aid to Iran in the nuclear field and in missiles.
Israel-Iran-Russia, Politics, 3/23/1999
Khatami to visit Riyadh following pilgrimage
Iranian President Mohammed Khatami will head to Saudi Arabia after the end of the Haj pilgrimage, and he sent a communique to Saudi King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz in this regard.
Saudi Arabia-Iran, Politics, 3/23/1999
Qatari emir visits Jordan today
Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani is to arrive in Amman today for a three-day official visit, during which he is to hold talks with Jordan's King Abdullah on the Arab situation, bilateral relations and means of upgrading them.
Qatar-Jordan, Politics, 3/23/1999
Israel, Ukraine sign memorandum of understanding
A memorandum of understanding covering military and intelligence cooperation was signed on Sunday between Ukraine and Israel.
Israel-Ukraine, Politics, 3/23/1999
King Abdullah: We will defend our nation's causes, No country is to intervene in our internal affairs
Following 40 days since the late monarch King Hussein Bin Talal's death, his son, Jordanian King Abdullah directed a message to the Jordanian people and the Arab nation, in which he confirmed that Jordan will still be a non-partial part of the Arab nation as it was always before, defending its just issues and seeking to unify its words and its stands.
Jordan, Politics, 3/23/1999
EU envoy to visit Damascus, discusses peace developments in April
On the other hand, the Syrian newspaper al-Baath warned yesterday of the possibility that Israel could take action to get out of its deadlock and called on Arabs to be alert.
Syria-European Union, Politics, 3/23/1999
Palestinian milling company ceases work
the general manager of the company, Shaker Alafa, said that the company's mills, which are supposed to produce 210 tonnes of fine flour daily in addition to 40 tonnes of other derivatives, were paralyzed because some Palestinian merchants whose interests are connected to Israel have flooded Gaza markets with Israeli flour.
Palestine, Business, 3/23/1999
UAE president confers with Lebanese prime minister
The two sides reviewed Arab and international developments, the continued Israeli attacks against south Lebanon, the Middle East peace process and bilateral relations between the two countries and means of fostering them.
Lebanon-United Arab Emirates, Politics, 3/23/1999
Morocco and France sign package of economic agreements
The covenants include a convention to set up a guarantee fund to help improve the competitiveness of Moroccan enterprises in international markets. The fund, with a capital of 200 million FF, will be used to guarantee long and middle terms loans contracted by Moroccan small and medium-sized enterprises with Moroccan banks.
Morocco-France, Economics, 3/23/1999
Egypt denies British allegations of mistreating Swiss balloon
The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism released a strongly-worded statement in which it denied what was published by the British newspapers such as the Daily Telegraph about Egypt mistreating the Swiss balloon that completed an around-the-world flight this week.
Egypt-UK, Politics, 3/23/1999
On Chirac - Arafat meeting in Paris
Arafat said, "The Oslo agreement was signed at the White House under the supervision of Clinton. It was signed by Russia, the US, Norway, Egypt, and Jordan, in the presence of the Japanese foreign minister and the representative of the UN secretary general," adding, "On this ground this decision (of establishing the Palestinian state) is not a Palestinian - Israeli decision, rather an international decision."
Palestine-France, Politics, 3/23/1999
Volume of trade expected to reach $1 billion US between Syria, Turkey
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 3/23/1999
11 Arab states participate in Beirut tourism fair
The international Arab fair for tourism and travel "OT99" is currently being held in Beirut. 11 Arab countries are taking part in the event, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Bahrain, Syria, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Lebanon, the organizer of the fair.
Regional, Politics, 3/23/1999
Contract for first power station in Tunisia to be endorsed tomorrow
Tunisia is to endorse tomorrow the contract for constructing the first power station financed by the private sector in Rades, an area of the Tunisian capital.
Tunisia, Business, 3/23/1999
Queen Noor travels to USA
Queen Mother Noor El-Hussien, the widow of the late Jordanian monarch King Hussien Ben Talal, headed to the United States accompanied by her sons Hashem, Raya and Emam to resume the studies to which they were attached last year when their father was undergoing medical treatement in the US.
Jordan, Politics, 3/23/1999
Pumping of Iraqi oil to Turkey suspended
An oil source in Baghdad said on Monday that pumping of crude oil to Turkey has been suspended following an explosion in Iraq that took place on Friday in the Turkish part of the oil pipeline between the two countries.
Iraq-Turkey, Economics, 3/23/1999
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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met on Monday in Cairo with Hillary Clinton, wife of US President Bill Clinton. The US ambassador in Cairo attended the meeting. Clinton arrived in Cairo on Sunday and visited Cairo's monuments and archaeological sites belonging to various historical epochs as well as the Egyptian Museum.
Roman Catholic Pope John Paul II is going to visit the Palestinian lands at the beginning of the coming year to participate in the conclusion of the celebrations of the second millennium since the death of Jesus, yet the Israeli minister of tourism, who made the announcement, did not confirm that the actual arrangements for the Pope's visit to the holy places have been made yet.
British Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Derek Fatchett met on Monday in London with Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary General Jamil al-Hujeilan to discuss relations between Britain and the GCC and issues of mutual concern.
A former Manama hotel will be converted into a private hospital at a cost of 4.4 million Bahraini dinars, Gulf Daily News reported.
US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said today after meeting with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat that Arafat will meet with US President Bill Clinton tomorrow and that the declaration of a Palestinian state is "among the subjects that we will be talking about."
The Palestinian Hamas movement announced that it took preparations in case Israel tries to launch new assassination attempts against Hamas members before the Israeli elections on May 17.
The Iraqi authorities decided to reactivate laws and decisions that enable Arab citizens to own land, estates and houses in Iraq.
Under the patronage of Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, the Syrian scientific society for informatics will hold its second international conference on informatics and the fifth annual exhibition of information and communication technology, al-Cham 99, on April 26-29.
The Israeli radio said that the national unity front led by Hashem al-Mahamid on Sunday night decided to join the plenary Arab list which includes the Islamic Movement and the Arab Democratic Party, chaired by Abdul Wahab al-Daraweshah, against having seats numbers three and seven in the plenary list.
Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz on Monday received a message from Iranian President Muhammad Khatami, conveyed by Iranian ambassador to Saudi Arabia Muhammad Rida Nouri during his meeting with the Saudi crown prince in Jeddah on Monday.
The European Commission on Monday decided to offer humanitarian aid to Sudan at a cost of 13.5 million euros. AFP quoted a spokesman for the commission as saying that this aid will be used to carry out some 30 programs during the coming years in the areas of health, water and food security.
The Yemeni Ahmad Mahdi al-Nafis was executed on Monday after being convicted of deliberate killing. AFP said with the hanging of al-Nafis, the number of people executed since the beginning of this year in Yemen reached 14.
A Jordanian medical team on Sunday visited the Jordanian detainees held in the Israeli jail of Asqalan. The Jordanian news agency, Petra, said the team gave comprehensive medical checkups to the detainees and wrote a detailed report on the health condition of each of them.
A funeral was held in Baghdad on Monday for 27 children who died in hospitals as a result of the shortage of medicine and health services as a result of the sanctions imposed on Iraq.