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Mubarak in Emirates to discuss improving Arab states relations
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will arrive today in the United Arab Emirates for a three-day visit, during which he will hold talks with UAE President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan addressing bilateral relations and means of developing them, the situations in the Gulf and Iraq, and developments in the Middle East peace process.
United Arab Emirates-United Arab Emirates, Politics, 4/13/1999
On postponing President al-Assad's visit to Russia
A correspondent of the Jordanian daily al-Dostour in Damascus quoted Russian diplomatic sources as saying that the unstable health conditions of Russian President Boris Yeltsin may be behind the postponement of President Hafez al-Assad's visit to Moscow.
Syria-Russia, Politics, 4/13/1999
The Jordanian monarch to visit Libya
Jordan's King Abdullah Bin al-Hussein will head to Libya in coming week to fulfill an official invitation from Libyan President Moammar Gaddafi to discuss bilateral relations, the current Arab situation and regional, international and Arab issues.
Libya-Jordan, Politics, 4/13/1999
One Israeli soldier killed, two wounded in south Lebanon
In a statement, the Lebanese resistance said its fighters on Monday detonated an explosive charge when an Israeli patrol was driving on Beaufort road. The resistance said it had directed a qualitative blow to the Israeli Army when the resistance forces broke down anew all Israeli security measures.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 4/13/1999
Mauritanian parliament to vote on giving up Arabization
It is expected that the Mauritania's parliament will today ratify a draft law proposed by the government that provides for giving up Arabization in teaching.
Mauritania, Politics, 4/13/1999
Intensifying settlements in Palestinian lands
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that Jewish settlement activities in the West Bank have been intensified in light of his government, which assumed power in June 1996.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 4/13/1999
UN to submit revised protocols on referendum for signature
The revised protocols related to the identification of potential voters in the UN-projected referendum in the Sahara and to the procedure for applicants to lodge appeals will be submitted to Morocco and the Polisario this week.
Morocco, Politics, 4/13/1999
Nigeria, Libya to find peaceful solution to Sierra Leonean crisis
Nigerian Vice President-Elect Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi agreed over the weekend that their countries, which support different sides in the Sierra Leone crisis, should work together to restore peace in that country.
Libya-Africa, Politics, 4/13/1999
Iraq says owed $1.6 billion by seven Arab states
An Iraqi diplomatic source told ArabicNews.com today that Iraq is owed money from petroleum exports and frozen profits from joint companies and banking deposits.
Iraq, Economics, 4/13/1999
Report: Syria, Iraq agree to organize Euphrates' waters
An Iraqi weekly has said that Syria and Iraq have agreed to organize the waters of the Euphrates river which springs from the Turkish territories and flows in the lands of the two countries.
Iraq-Syria, Economics, 4/13/1999
Algerian elections to be held on Thursday
The electoral campaigns ended today in Algeria, waiting for the vote on Thursday to select a new president from among seven nominees.
Algeria, Politics, 4/13/1999
Egypt, Japan for delay in Palestinian state declaration, resuming deadlocked peace talks
The statement said that Mubarak made the statement during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi, said the Japanese foreign ministry official. "President Mubarak said Mr Arafat should not declare independence on the fourth of May," when an interim period of autonomy under the 1993 Oslo accords expires, the official said.
Egypt-Japan, Politics, 4/13/1999
Saudi foreign minister in Tehran to defend Muslims' rights in the world
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal arrived in Tehran on Monday for a two-day visit to Iran. In an arrival statement at Tehran International Airport, the Saudi FM said he is carrying a message from King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz and Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah to Iranian President Muhammad Khatami.
Saudi Arabia-Iran, Politics, 4/13/1999
On Sharon's visit to Moscow
Israeli Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon has announced that his current visit to Israel had been decided several weeks ago and was agreed upon during Netanyahu's recent visit to Russia.
Israel-Russia, Politics, 4/13/1999
Contradictory information of the fate of Barazan al-Takreiti
Iraqi official sources tried on Monday to deny information that has been recently leaked of the success of the two sons of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in alienating his half brother, Barazan al-Takreiti, from political life in Iraq and putting him under house arrest.
Iraq, Politics, 4/13/1999
Sudanese president confers with Arafat
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir met on Sunday night with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat when Arafat's plane stopped in Khartoum following a visit to Yemen.
Palestine-Sudan, Politics, 4/13/1999
Belgian premier starts visit to Morocco
Morocco's inclusion among the recipient countries of non-reimbursable assistance, enlarging the scope of financial cooperation, and granting loans to small and medium-sized enterprises will be among the topics discussed at the Moroccan-Belgian meetings.
Morocco-Belgium, Politics, 4/13/1999
Al-Fahoum: Campaigns halted between democratic front, Fatah- Intifada
Chairman of the Palestinian National Salvation Front, Khaled al-Fahoum, has announced that an agreement was signed to "halt media campaigns" between Fatah-Intifada, led by Col. Abu Mousa, and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine led by Nayef Hawatemah, after the cultural club in the al-Beddawl camp in Beirut was handed over to the democratic front on Monday.
Syria-Lebanon, Politics, 4/13/1999
Egypt to host Mediterranean forum
15 organizations and international Arab research corporations, 600 business sector leaders in the Arab states and non-governmental organizations will participate in the meeting.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 4/13/1999
Russian - Egyptian deals worth $200 million
Egypt and Russia agreed yesterday to sign an agreement for exchanging goods worth $200 million divided equally between them. The agreement took place during the meetings of the second session of the Egyptian - Russian trade joint committee, which is currently underway in Cairo.
Egypt-Russia, Economics, 4/13/1999
Confrontations and killings in Somalia
Some 12 persons were killed and another 17 reported wounded in confrontations between warring factions during the 24 past hours in Makadishu and in southern Somalia.
Somalia, Politics, 4/13/1999
AL mediates between Somalia and Ethiopia
At the request of Somali leaders, the Arab League is preparing to interfere to convince Ethiopia to withdraw its forces from the southern Somali province of Gedo, where bloody confrontations recently took place between members of a Somali faction.
Somalia-Ethiopia, Politics, 4/13/1999
Increase of 7% in volume of trade between Egypt and European Union
Trade between Egypt and European Union countries achieved an increase of 7% during the last year where trade in 1997 amounted to $6.6 billion and rose to $7.2 billion in 1998.
Egypt-European Union, Politics, 4/13/1999
Moroccan private sector hires only 3% of university graduates
The private sector hires only 3% of Moroccan university graduates, who are seriously affected by unemployment which reaches for some disciplines 54%, said Moroccan Minister of Employment Khalid Alioua.
Morocco, Economics, 4/13/1999
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Israeli occupation troops have displaced the children of Lebanese citizen Adel Rahal who was displaced, along with his wife, from Shabaa by the Israeli occupation forces last week. The displaced children arrived on Monday afternoon to the liberated regions via Zamraya crossing in the western Bekaa. Meanwhile, the occupation troops prevented Sheikh Mousa Ghader, Mufti of Arqoub region in south Lebanon, from entering Shabaa through Kafer Tabnit crossing as an envoy dispatched by the Mufti of the Lebanese Republic, Sheikh Muhammad Rasheed Qabbani, to assess citizens' needs.
Syrian President Hafez al-Assad received on Monday at Lattakia's presidential palace the special envoy of UAE President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan. The envoy, Mane Saeed al-Oteiba, conveyed to President al-Assad a message from Sheikh Zayed.
Chairman of the Israeli Labor Party Ehud Barak has reiterated his proposal on the need to carry out a general referendum in Israel concerning the occupied Syrian Golan Heights in the course of settlement with Syria.
Kuwait and China on Monday signed a three-year agreement on cultural cooperation. The agreement provides for reactivating cooperation between the two countries in the fields of culture, the arts, literature, the media, children, youths and education as well as exchanging art exhibitions, exchanging artistic troupes between the two countries and exchanging expertise in the fields of antiquities and manuscripts.
Tunisia is hosting a seminar on the promotion of Arab labor laws which opened on Monday with the participation of representatives from Arab labor ministries, Arab labor unions and employers unions.
Morocco's ambassador in Germany, Abderrahim Chawki, passed away Saturday in a Paris hospital after a long illness. The late Chawki, who served in Bonn since January 1997, had undergone since last December several surgical operations in a Bonn hospital. In March, he was taken to Paris for additional diagnosis and treatment. Born in 1946, the Moroccan diplomat is survived by three children.
Arab lawyers will hold a meeting in Rabat this April 15-17 under the theme: "The lawyer's job: a humanitarian message and a means to reinforce human rights and democracy." The Arab lawyers will review the situation in the Arab world and the role of lawyers in the defense of human rights, the challenges facing barristers, the evolution of international law and ways of enhancing partnership between Arab lawyers and unification of judiciary procedures.
The Arab Department for Investment and Agricultural Development, located in Jordan, has agreed upon financing the project of Egypt's El-Fayoum Company to produce 34 million pounds of sugar beets, while the company's capital amounts to 200 million pounds.
In a statement to the Israeli Radio on Monday, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Arens denied any connection between minimizing the Israeli military presence in south Lebanon and the Israeli election campaign. He refused any criticism of his plan by the army in this regard. Arens said the Israeli army is currently embarking on studying the possibility of minimizing Israel's presence in the security zone of south Lebanon, according to his own request.
British Minister of Trade and Commerce Brain Wilson arrived in Kuwait on Monday for a two-day visit. In an arrival statement, Wilson said the aim of his current visit to Kuwait "is to discuss the mechanism of bringing into the Kuwait markets several British companies."
King Abdullah of Jordan, currently visiting the United Arab Emirates, met on Monday in Abu Dhabi with UAE President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan, and with Prime Minister Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed al-Sultan. The Gulf News Agency said that during the meeting talks dealt with bilateral relations between the two countries and exchanging views on several issues of mutual concern and current Arab developments.