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President Mubarak and Sheikh Zayed meet, enjoy a day at the races
A session of formal talks was convened today between the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and UAE President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan at El-Moshref palace in Abu Dhabi.
United Arab Emirates-Egypt, Politics, 4/14/1999
Gadaffi confers with Sudanese opposition leaders today
Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi is going to meet today in Tripoli with former Sudanese prime minister and head of the opposition Ummah party, El-Sadeq El-Mahdi, who headed to Libya to take part in the meetings of the Sudanese opposition to discuss means of achieving reconciliation with Khartoum and ending the war in Sudan.
Libya, Politics, 4/14/1999
Sharon, Netanyahu deny Russian mediation with Syria
Israeli Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon has denied news published by the Israeli daily Haaretz on Tuesday that he asked the Russian leadership to convey a verbal message to Syria including a proposal to resume negotiations between Syria and Israel.
Syria-Israel-Russia, Politics, 4/14/1999
Iranian invitation for an Iraqi minister
Iran has extended an official invitation to Iraqi Minister of Industry and Minerals Adnan Abdul Miguid to visit Tehran and hold talks on industrial cooperation between the two countries.
Iraq-Iran, Politics, 4/14/1999
Israel waiting for final plans to minimize troops in south Lebanon
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Arens is now waiting for the final army plans to minimize down to one thousand soldiers the number of Israeli troops in occupied south Lebanon, sources said Tuesday.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 4/14/1999
The reasons for President al-Assad's postponed visit to Russia
Syria-Russia, Reporter's View, 4/14/1999
Stuttgart meetings convened tomorrow, AL refuses Florence mayor's stand
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid has asserted that the third ministerial meeting of the countries of the European-Mediterranean partnership due to be held tomorrow in Stuttgart, Germany will also discuss in particular the Middle East peace process and stability in the Middle East.
Regional-European Union, Politics, 4/14/1999
Libya and Lockerbie and French UTA bombing: Losses and compensation
The French magazine added that according to estimates made by Tripoli, the question of Lockerbie cost Libya almost US $30 billion, including US $25 billion resulting from losses inflicted as a result of the sanctions imposed on it by the UN and the US.
Libya, Economics, 4/14/1999
Syria-Lebanon for speeding up gas cooperation
Syrian and Lebanese oil ministers on Tuesday discussed means and ways of seeding up the supply of 1. 1 billion cubic meters of Syrian gas per year to feed the Lebanese power plants.
Syria-Lebanon, Economics, 4/14/1999
Morocco, Belgium sign agreement on investments promotion
Youssoufi lauded Belgium's cooperation with Morocco, mainly in matters of water supply and sanitation pointing out that this cooperation matches perfectly Morocco's social programs, especially the rural world oriented programs.
Morocco-Belgium, Politics, 4/14/1999
Rabat: Meeting of the executive bureau for the Arab Lawyers' Union
The meeting of the executive bureau for the Arab Lawyers' Union starts today under the auspices of Morocco's King Hassan II and will last for a week.
Regional, Politics, 4/14/1999
Dutch assembly for engineering industry in Alexandria worth 100 million
The association of investors in the free zone in Alexandria agreed to establish an assemblage for engineering industries with a capital of 100 million pounds with Holland's participation on a space of 33,000 meters.
Egypt-Netherlands, Business, 4/14/1999
Iranian president confers with Saudi foreign minister
Talks dealt with bilateral relations between the two countries and the importance of developing and strengthening them as well as cooperation between Tehran and Riyadh on means of increasing oil prices in world markets, regional and international issues of mutual concern including the situations in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Saudi Arabia-Iran, Politics, 4/14/1999
Palestinian government prevents Israeli products from entering the West Bank
The Palestinian government on Monday night decided to prevent Israeli fresh agricultural products and dairy products from entering the West Bank.
Palestine-Israel, Economics, 4/14/1999
Reestablishing Egyptian - Japanese business council
Japan's embassy in Cairo started an intensive move for reestablishing the Egyptian - Japanese business council which has stopped working for three years.
Egypt-Japan, Economics, 4/14/1999
Israeli forces bombard south Lebanon
Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday shelled, using heavy artillery, the hills of Abu Rashed, al-Jabbour and al-Saraiah in the Western Bekaa as well as the surroundings of Zibqin, al-Mansouri and al-Butoum. Lebanese security sources said properties and plantations were damaged as a result of the bombardment.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 4/14/1999
Arafat concludes Arab and international tour, prepares for a decision on declaration
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat has asserted that statements by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday that Israel will continue Jewish settlement in the Palestinian territories violate all signed agreements between the two sides.
Palestine, Politics, 4/14/1999
Moroccan crown prince and french president dedicate Moroccan exhibition in Paris
Crown prince Sidi Mohammed of Morocco and French president, Jacques Chirac, dedicated on Tuesday a major exhibition of Moroccan historical treasures, part of a year-long cultural and economic event on Morocco held in France.
Morocco-France, Culture, 4/14/1999
Egypt backs Palestinian right to declare state
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa confirmed that Egypt will back up Palestinian President Yasser Arafat whether he decides to declare the independent Palestinian state on May 4 or to delay it.
Egypt, Politics, 4/14/1999
Morocco and South Africa determined to step up partnership
Morocco and South Africa voiced on Tuesday resolve to step up partnership in economy, trade, mining, energy and agriculture.
Morocco-South Africa, Economics, 4/14/1999
Iran, Britain to restore full diplomatic relations
The British daily the Guardian on Tuesday said that Britain and Iran will restore shortly their full diplomatic relations on the level of ambassadors following long cessation.
Iran-UK, Politics, 4/14/1999
Two Moroccan companies sale shares
Morocco's companies Auto-Nejma (car- distributor) and Afriquia Gas (petroleum products distributor) have decided to open their capital to the public paving the way for their entry to the Casablanca bourse.
Morocco, Business, 4/14/1999
OIC experts meet over living conditions of Muslim minorities
A group of experts from the Organization of Islamic Conference "OIC" recommended that more efforts should be made to consolidate the religious and cultural identity of Muslim minorities worldwide and ensure that governments protect their rights.
Regional, Religion, 4/14/1999
Ethiopians seek return of looted treasures from Britain
Ethiopians are making another effort for the repatriation of "priceless" religious manuscripts and artifacts, and other valuables, looted as war booty by victorious Europeans
Regional, Culture, 4/14/1999
Mubarak confirms his Asian tour produced positive results
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak described his Asian tour as significant and said it will lead to useful results for Egypt and the countries he had visited -- China, South Korea and Japan -- in light of the various agreements signed in the three countries.
Egypt, Politics, 4/14/1999
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Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov will on April 20 pay an official visit to Lebanon. The visit will last for two days, falling in the course of his tour in the region, which will also cover Syria, Egypt, Jordan and Israel.
A tripartite summit meeting to discuss Arab conditions, their developments and means of regaining Arab solidarity will be held today between United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan, Egyptian President Muhammad Mubarak who arrived on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi, and Jordan's King Abdullah Bin al-Hussein, currently visiting the United Arab Emirates. Al-Khaleej daily reported.
Russian news reports said on Tuesday that Russian Defense Minister lgor Sergeyev said in statements he made in Moscow earlier in the day that Russia intends to replace its warships stationed in the Mediterranean near Syria.
Jordanian Prime Minister Abdul Raouf al-Rawabdeh has asserted that Jordan will strengthen its relations with all Arab states and that King Abdullah will visit all these states. In press statements he made on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi and quoted by the Orient radio correspondent in the Arab Gulf states, al-Rawabdeh said, "Syria is the dear neighbor for Jordan." He added that King Abdullah will visit Syria shortly to strengthen Jordanian- Syrian relations.
Jordanian journalists on Tuesday observed a sit-in in front of the Jordanian daily al-Arab al-Youm in protest against measures taken by the paper's board in firing 10 journalists and 15 technicians and administrators. The paper cited economic reasons for the firing. The participants in the sit-in demanded that their colleagues be returned to work.
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Khaleifa Bin Zayed al-Nahyan on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi received King Abdullah of Jordan, currently visiting the United Arab Emirates. The Gulf News Agency said talks dealt with means of strengthening fraternal and cooperation relations between the two sisterly countries.
The April Understanding Monitoring Committee will hold a meeting on today in the Lebanese border town of al-Naqoura. The committee will discuss Lebanese complaints against Israel in protest of Israeli gunboat firing against Lebanese fishermen of the coast of Tyre in south Lebanon.
Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri met yesterday with former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the Lebanese National News Agency reported.
The Afro-Arab Trade Fair will take place from April 15-24 in Dakar, Senegal with over 3,000 exhibitors from about 60 African and Arab countries. United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will take part in the conference, which has previously been held in Tunis, Johannesburg, and Sharjah.
The United Nations lifted a hold on a contract for one million doses of vaccine against foot-and-mouth disease, which is an epidemic among livestock in Iraq, UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said.
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan yesterday released a statement denied allegations made by the British television program "Panorama" about the use of the UNSCOM office in Bahrain, saying, Office facilities in Bahrain have been used for no other purpose than to promote the logistic and administrative support to operations undertaken by them in accordance with their respective mandates.
Arab ministers and officials responsible for administrative development from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman and Kuwait, the member states at the executive council of the Arab Organisation for administrative development, convene their 67th meeting today in Cairo to discuss inter-Arab trade exchange at the customs checkpoints.
Kuwaiti Crown Prince and Prime Minister Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah al-Sabah on Tuesday received British Minister of Trade Brian Wilson, currently visiting Kuwait. Talks dealt with bilateral relations and means of strengthening them.
News reports from South Lebanon said that unrest has increased among members of the Israeli backed Lahd militias. The reports added that some 18 members of the said militia held a meeting in which they decided to ignore the orders of their leadership and to side with the people of the occupied town of Shabaa, their own town. The reports continued that several Lahd militia members in Hasbaya have left the movement (Lahd militias).
Bahrain's prime minister Sheikh Khaleifa Bin Salman al-Khalelfa on Tuesday received a message from the Lebanese prime Minister Salim al-Hoss about bilateral relations GN reported.
King Abdullah Bin al-Hussein of Jordan will hold an official visit to Kuwait, immediately following a visit he will pay to each of Libya and Washington, next week.
The Iraqi Communist Party in exile said in a statement, of which Reuters' office in Cairo received a copy on Tuesday, saying that Iraqi government forces executed tens of Iraqi citizens during the two past weeks in the southern city of Basra.