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Libya hands over two Libyan suspects to Dutch authorities
US State Department Spokesman James Rubin said the UN sanctions on Libya "will be immediately suspended," as soon as UN Secretary General Kofi Annan notifies the Security Council that the suspects have been handed over.
Libya-International, Politics, 4/5/1999
UAE offers aid to Kosovo refugees
A plane carrying some 38 tonnes of humanitarian aid offered by the United Arab Emirates to Kosovo refugees took off from Abu Dhabi on Sunday heading for Tirana.
United Arab Emirates, Culture, 4/5/1999
Syria, UAE to establish free trade zone
The Syrian Ministry of the Economy and Foreign Trade has welcomed the proposal made by the UAE to sign an agreement providing for establishing a free zone area between the two countries.
Syria-United Arab Emirates, Economics, 4/5/1999
Moussa: Proclaiming Palestinian state was universally supported, date is a tactical issue
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa confirmed that the coming days will witnesses a condensed diplomatic initiative before May 4, especially in light of the recent statement released by Europe concerning the establishment of the Palestinian state, and within the framework of the outcomes of the meeting held between Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and US President Bill Clinton in Washington last month.
Egypt, Politics, 4/5/1999
Report: Arab, Islamic states' stances toward NATO strikes on Yugoslavia
A French news bulletin has said that "as it is expected" each of Libya, Iraq, and Iran opposed the NATO air strikes against Yugoslavia, each country for its own reasons, adding that Algeria has recently joined the list of countries which oppose the strikes.
Regional-Yugoslavia, Politics, 4/5/1999
Lebanese president condemns Israeli aggressions against the Lebanese people
A child, Ali Hassan Khalil, 8 years, was wounded in the Israeli shelling of Arab Salim town. Two houses were considerably damaged while electricity poles and high-tension lines which feed the region with electricity were hit.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 4/5/1999
US congress delegation meets Moroccan officials over investment opportunities
The US delegation said they will endeavor to expand exchanges between the two countries and promote US investments in Morocco, mainly in sanitation, energy, telecoms, and civil aviation.
Morocco-USA, Politics, 4/5/1999
Israeli soldier kills his colleague and then commits suicide
Israel Radio reported on Sunday that one Israeli soldier killed his colleague and then committed suicide on Sunday at the border with Lebanon, following a dispute between the two. In a statement the Israeli army confirmed the two deaths but gave no details on the incident.
Israel, Politics, 4/5/1999
Israel continues aggression against south Lebanon
In retaliation to the Israeli acts of aggression against south Lebanon and the western Bekaa, the Lebanese resistance carried out on Sunday a series of operations against Israel and Israeli-allied militia positions in the occupied border strip.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 4/5/1999
Yemeni embassy in Kuwait to open in the coming days
The sources said that Bajamal will reopen the Yemeni embassy in Kuwait during his visit. The embassy was closed after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
Yemen-Kuwait, Politics, 4/5/1999
Damascus hails Russia's refusal to the USA pressures for delaying selling advanced weapons to Syria
Damascus hailed the Russian opposition to US pressure on Moscow to delaying the sale of advanced weapons to Syria days before the visit of Syrian President Hafez al-Assad to Moscow on April 13.
Syria-Russia, Politics, 4/5/1999
Mandela in Oman and Bahrain tomorrow
South African President Nelson Mandela is heading tomorrow to visit Oman then to Bahrain for two days to discuss the developments in the Middle East and the situation in Iraq.
Oman-Bahrain-South Africa, Politics, 4/5/1999
Trade deficit rises 43.1 percent reaching 45.2 billion pounds
The information center of the Egyptian Cabinet confirmed that the Egyptian trade balance recorded a deficit of 45.2 billion pounds during last year, an increase of 43.1% from 1997.
Egypt, Economics, 4/5/1999
King Abdullah confers with Arafat
Jordan's King Abdullah on Sunday in Amman discussed with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat developments in peace negotiations and obstacles impeding them, especially on the Palestinian-Israeli track.
Jordan-Palestine, Politics, 4/5/1999
Moussa, El-Baz confer with British house of common's delegation
Egyptian president's political advisor, Osama El-Baz, met today with a delegation from the British House of Commons which is currently visiting Cairo. El-Baz said he informed the delegation about the latest developments in the Middle East and on the outlook of the Egyptian leadership and people toward British and European policy.
Egypt-UK, Politics, 4/5/1999
On King Abdullah's visit to Syria
Jordanian Foreign Minister Abd al-Ilah al-Khatib has asserted that the visit of Jordan's King Abdullah to Syria has not been fixed yet, adding that the visit of the Jordanian King to Saudi Arabia will mark the beginning of Arab meetings on summit levels.
Jordan-Syria, Politics, 4/5/1999
Moratinos in Lebanon today
The European Union's Middle East peace process envoy, Miguel Moratinos, arrived today in Beirut at the beginning of his new tour of the region, in order to enhance the stalemated peace process.
Lebanon-European Union, Politics, 4/5/1999
Jordanians implement efforts to fight normalization with Israel
Chairman of the resistance fighting committee at the Jordanian trade union's complex, Ali Abu al-Sukkar, has asserted that the committee is about to complete a list including names of Jordanian companies, factories and figures who have normalized ties with Israel in medical, engineering, industrial, pharmaceutical and construction fields.
Jordan, Politics, 4/5/1999
Algeria: Heart attack surprises Ayat Ahmed, stops his presidential campaign
Hussein Ayat Ahmed, one of the seven nominees for the Algerian presidency and chief of the Socialist Forces Front party, had to stop his election activity for a few days after having a heart attack, knowing that the first election round is to be held on April 15.
Algeria, Politics, 4/5/1999
Israel threatens Egypt's income from Suez Canal and Sumid petroleum pipeline
Israel started efforts that will negatively effect Egypt's income from the Suez Canal and Sumid pipeline for transferring petroleum to Europe.
Egypt-Israel, Economics, 4/5/1999
Morocco and Thailand sign agreement on merchant navy
Morocco and Thailand signed on Monday a cooperation agreement on merchant navy, a statement of the Moroccan ministry of transport and merchant navy announced.
Morocco-Thailand, Economics, 4/5/1999
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Egyptian foreign minister Amr Moussa announced that Egypt began to send aid to refugees in Kosovo
Israeli press reports said on Sunday that Jordan's King Abdullah Bin al-Hussein has refused a request made by Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Arens for a meeting. The Israeli daily Haartez said in a report published on Sunday and quoted on Sunday also by the Israeli radio that Arens asked for a meeting with King Abdullah in Amman, but his request was refused.
Israel Radio reported on Sunday that the Israeli Merets movement has expressed its backing for an Israeli withdrawal to the international borders in the Golan Heights if a genuine peace is reached with Syria including proper security arrangements. The radio added that the Merets election program states support for redeployment of the Israeli Army in south Lebanon and even implementation of unilateral withdrawal from Lebanon in case an agreement is not reached with Syria.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak left Cairo on Sunday for Beijing, China which constitutes the first stop on his Asian tour which will also lead him to Japan and South Korea.
Morocco and Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) agreed to foster cooperation in matters of geology, mining and oil prospecting under a protocol of agreement signed in Marrakesh over the weekend.
The Sudanese government expressed its desire to restore contacts with international monetary organizations that halted financing for projects in Sudan.
Saudi Arabia's minister of oil met yesterday with representatives of the US petroleum companies Conoco and Marathon Oil, Bahrain Tribune reported.
The number of registered private businesses in Bahrain fell last year, in part due to easier access to commercial registration making it unnecessary to hold unused licenses and to action against businesses that violate Bahraini laws, Gulf Daily News reported.
Oman's Dhofar region is working toward total coverage of electrical supply, after the area supplied with electricity reached 88% of the region, Khaleej Times reported.
Jordanian exports of a variety of foods and medicines to Iraq worth $11.7 have been approved under the current phase of the oil-for-food program, Jordan Times reported.
Secretary general of the Jordanian Valley Authority Dureid Mahasenah has asserted that the Jordanian government adheres to Jordan's full rights to its share of waters as stated in agreements with Israel.
Saudi Minister of Irrigation and Water Abdullah Bin Mu'ammar met on Sunday in Riyadh with the Italian minister of agriculture and members of the accompanying delegation currently visiting Saudi Arabia. Talks dealt with issues of mutual concern between the two countries in agricultural areas.
Bahraini Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Issa al-Khaleifa on Sunday in Manama received a message from Iranian President Muhammad Khatami pertaining to bilateral relations between the two countries.
Bahrain's Crown Prince Sheikh Salman Bin Hamad Bin Issa al-Khaleifa on Sunday received a message from US President Bill Clinton concerning relations between the two countries.