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President al-Assad to visit Russia Monday at the invitation of President Yeltsin
At the invitation of Russian President Boris Yeltsin, President Hafez al-Assad will hold an official visit to Moscow on April 12 and 13. The Russian ambassador in Damascus has asserted that his country pays special interest to this visit.
Syria-Russia, Politics, 4/9/1999
Mauritania gives up Arabization
The Mauritanian Cabinet has ratified a draft law that provides for giving up Arabization and returns the Arabic language to its position which it sed to occupy in the first year which followed the country's independence.
Mauritania, Politics, 4/9/1999
New parliamentary bloc established in Sudan
The Sudanese daily al-Rai al-Am said that some 20 Sudanese Parliamentarians have formed an independent parliamentary bloc to pressure the government and the opposition in order to achieve reconciliation.
Sudan, Politics, 4/9/1999
Al-Rawabdeh pledges to fight corruption in Jordan
The Jordanian government chaired byPrime Minister Abdul Raouf al-Rawabdeh on Thursday won the confidence of 66 parliament members out of 80. 12 parliamentarians voted against it and the other two abstained from voting following three-day debates.
Jordan, Politics, 4/9/1999
Arafat looms the possibility of postponing the announcement of the Palestinian state
Palestine, Politics, 4/9/1999
Three Arab states in the international conference for businesswomen
Leila Khayat, head of the international corporation for businesswomen which is the conference's organizer, told ArabicNews.com that there are lots of investment fields to which Arab businesswomen have not paid attention
Regional, Economics, 4/9/1999
Intensive diplomatic move to rescue Maghreb union.
Moroccan diplomatic sources in Cairo announced that there is a diplomatic move to activate the role of the Arab Maghreb Union, which comprises Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, and Egypt as a supervisor.
Maghreb-Egypt, Politics, 4/9/1999
Moroccan human rights council proud over settlement of human rights cases
The message also underscores that these significant results would not have been possible without the king's great wisdom, deep understanding, political perspicacity, and his permanent concern that his people enjoy the benefits of freedom and the virtues of democracy.
Morocco, Politics, 4/9/1999
King agrees to pardon persons guilty of offense against state security and to indemnify families of missing
King Hassan II of Morocco has agreed on a proposal made by the Human Rights Advisory Council to grant free pardon to all prisoners, convicted of offense to state security and to indemnify families of reported "missing" people.
Morocco, Politics, 4/9/1999
Collective leadership for the Iraqi conference to unify Iraqi opposition
The Iraqi opposition groups rallied under the umbrella of the US-backed Iraqi National Congress on Thursday eliminated an obstacle which has obstructed the implementation of "Iraq's Liberation Law," following the success of these groups in electing a collective provisional presidency for the conference's executive council at the conclusion of two-day meetings held near London.
Iraq, Politics, 4/9/1999
Prince Khaled praises US on Yugoslavia, asks for similar treatment of Israel
Commander of the allied troops during the Gulf War, Prince Khaled Bin Sultan, has called upon Washington to adopt the same tough stand it takes now in Yugoslavia against Israel.
Regional-Yugoslavia, Politics, 4/9/1999
Preparations for the first US-Libyan meeting since 18 years
Arrangements for a meeting bringing together US and Libyan officials in the presence of the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan have started in implementation of understanding that will follow as Libya has handed over the two Libyan citizens who are suspected of being involved in the Lockerbie incident.
Libya-USA, Politics, 4/9/1999
Lebanese-Palestinian follow-up committee to solve refugee problem
Palestinian-Lebanese talks concerning problems facing the Palestinian refugees in the Lebanese camps and means of eliminating these problems were resumed.
Lebanon-Palestine, Politics, 4/9/1999
Referendum is an imperative necessity, minister says
The organization of a referendum in the Sahara is an imperative necessity, as it is the only means to put an end to the maneuvers of the enemies of Morocco's territorial integrity, says minister of the interior.
Morocco, Politics, 4/9/1999
Saddam Hussein approves non official papers to develop the Iraqi media
Iraqi official sources have revealed that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has approved "a new media plan" providing for licensing non-official new dailies and reconsidering the country's political address on radio and television as well as to issue a daily distributed on the Arab states, taking Cyprus as its headquarters.
Iraq, Politics, 4/9/1999
15 countries in the Mediterranean tourism market in Cairo
15 countries agreed to participate in the Mediterranean tourism and travel market that will be held in February.
Egypt-Regional, Economics, 4/9/1999
French secretary of state of foreign trade in Rabat
French secretary of state of foreign trade, Jacques Dondoux, who started on Thursday a two-day work visit to Morocco held talks with several members of the cabinet on means of upgrading bilateral economic relations.
Morocco-France, Politics, 4/9/1999
Mandela in Manama after Muscat
President Nelson Mandela of South Africa arrived in Manama on Thursday to offer condolences on the death of the late Sheikh Issa Bin Hamad al-Khaleifa on March 6.
Bahrain-Oman-South Africa, Politics, 4/9/1999
Jordan stresses cooperation with Syria to build al-Wahda dam, finance a problem
Jordan-Syria, Politics, 4/9/1999
Selling the Egyptian government's shares in the joint banks
The Egyptian ministerial committee for privatization decided to resume selling the Egyptian government's shares in joint banks after a halt that lasted for more than 15 months.
Egypt, Business, 4/9/1999
US embassy in Cairo hails increase in Egyptian investments
The annual report released by the US embassy in Cairo confirmed the increase of investments obyf the Egyptian private sector in projects for navigation, communications, and aviation, in addition to the spread of working by the B.O.T (build-operate-transfer) system.
Egypt-USA, Economics, 4/9/1999
Meeting with Moratinos, Lahoud stresses cohesion between Syrian, Lebanese tracks
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud has asserted Lebanon's commitment to the principles on the grounds of which the Middle East peace process was built in implementing international legitimacy resolutions and the land-for-peace formula.
Lebanon-European Union, Politics, 4/9/1999
First Syrian plane to Libya on Saturday
The first Syrian air flight will arrive directly at Tripoli International Airport from Damascus tomorrow, following the suspension on Monday of the embargo imposed on Libya.
Syria-Libya, Economics, 4/9/1999
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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his wife are arriving tomorrow in Seoul, capital of South Korea, in the second stop on Mubarak's Asian tour, which started in China.
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat is meddling in upcoming Israeli elections, Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday, Bahrain Tribune reported.
Lebanon has approved a $3.3 billion 1999 budget with a 40.2 percent deficit, Gulf Daily News reported.
UN Permanent Observer for Palestine, Nasser al-Kidwa told the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People yesterday that with the end of the five-year interim agreements nearing and with it clear that there is not enough time to reach a settlement, that doing nothing with legal and political ramifications at the agreements' expiration on May 4 would mean the surrender of Palestinian rights to Israel with no time limits.
US State Department spokesman James Rubin downplayed chances yesterday for an immediate meeting, saying, "There are no plans for bilateral meetings with the Libyans," emphasizing that until Libya is in compliance with UN resolutions the US sees "no point" in bilateral meetings with Libya.
An International meeting will be held in Damascus April 10 to look into ways of bringing closer the various Islamic madahibs (rites). During the three-day gathering, worldwide theologians will make presentations on the major Islamic madahibs and their contribution in the exegesis of the holy Koran and promotion of the Islamic culture and precepts.
Morocco will attend a congress of the Catholic patriarchs and bishops of the Orient due next May in Beirut. The congress will shed light on the past of the Catholic churches in the Orient region, their current situation and common vision for the third millennium.
Moroccan daily "Al Alam" reports this Friday the existence at Moroccan-Algerian borders of networks specialized in smuggling and illegal emigration.
Moroccan authorities have allotted a 30 hectare industrial zone to French entrepreneurs for the setting up of small and medium sized enterprises.
The second session of the Egyptian - Russian joint committee is due to begin on Monday and last for three days, in order to draft a long-term program for economic, industrial and scientific cooperation between the two states.