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Damascus: We seek comprehensive coordination with Amman, not new axis
A high-ranking Syrian officials has expressed his hope that the Syrian-Jordanian summit between King Abdullah and President Hafez al-Assad will result in "full coordination" between the two states. He stressed that Damascus seeks to "restore matters back to normalcy," rather than formulating "new axes" in the region.
Syria-Jordan, Politics, 4/21/1999
On King Abdullah's visit to Syria
Jordan's King Abdullah Bin Hussein arrived in Syria this morning for an official visit as part of an Arab tour that has included Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Libya.
Jordan-Syria, Politics, 4/21/1999
Mubarak, Arafat to discuss establishment of Palestinian state
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak received today Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, who was ending his North African and African tour.
Palestine-Egypt, Politics, 4/21/1999
Khatami to visit Syria on May 10
Iranian President Muhammad Khatami will start his Arab tour on May 10. His first stop will be Syria, from which he will head to Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Regional-Iran, Politics, 4/21/1999
GCC: Occupation of Gulf islands the only obstacle before improving Gulf-Iranian relations
The secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) told the London-based al-Hayat daily that the consultative meeting for leaders of the GCC member states which will be held in Riyadh in the first half of May "will be free from protocols and will be convened for one day without a schedule, and they will debate matters they find necessary to debate under the current conditions."
Gulf, Politics, 4/21/1999
Khartoum asserts importance of Egypt's role in Sudanese peace
The Sudanese president's assistant and the head of the council for coordinating Sudan's southern provinces, Ryak Mashar, confirmed the importance of Egypt's role in peace in Sudan and what Egypt does to promote a dialogue between the Sudanese government and opposition.
Sudan-Egypt, Politics, 4/21/1999
Syrian PA speaker to visit Iraq
The Iraqi daily al-Itihad issued on Tuesday said that the speaker of the Syrian People's Assembly, Abdul Qader Qaddoura, will pay a visit to Baghdad at the invitation of the Iraqi National Assembly.
Iraq-Syria, Politics, 4/21/1999
Arab finance ministers meet in Doha on Arab free trade zone
Finance ministers from 20 Arab countries and some 11 central bank governors on Tuesday in Doha started a meeting dedicated to establishing an Arab zone for free trade exchange in the year 2007.
Regional, Economics, 4/21/1999
Algerian president receives Maghreban union chief
President Liamine Zeroual of Algeria received on Tuesday here Mohamed Amamou, secretary-general of the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA), who is visiting Algeria to reactivate the union's structures.
Algeria-Maghreb, Politics, 4/21/1999
French prime minister to visit Cairo on May 1
French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin is due to arrive in Cairo on May 1 to resume strategic consultations between the two countries.
Egypt-France, Politics, 4/21/1999
Moscow ready to resume Syrian - Israeli negotiations
Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov sent a communique to Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid, in which he informed the latter that there is no choice left for ratifying peace in Middle East, unless the Palestinian independent state is established, confirming Russia's recognition of this state since the Palestinian National Council in Algeria announced it in 1988, adding that there is an embassy for Palestine in Moscow.
Regional-Russia, Politics, 4/21/1999
Egypt takes part in UN's committee for fighting torture
The Egyptian assistant foreign minister for international affairs, Sayed Kassem El-Masri, is to leave Cairo on April 25 for Geneva to supervise the implementation of resisting and combating torture affiliated to the UN human rights committee
Egypt-International, Politics, 4/21/1999
Speaker of Mali's Parliament in Morocco
Speaker of Mali's Parliament, Ali Nouhoum, is expected this Wednesday in Morocco on a two-day working visit to give a new momentum to partnership between the two countries' legislative bodies.
Morocco-Mali, Politics, 4/21/1999
Egyptian parliament to cancel law permitting rapists to escape punishment
The Egyptian People Assembly (parliament) agreed to cancel "article 291" of penalties law which pardons from execution criminals in cases of kidnapping and rape if the criminal married his victim (legal marriage).
Egypt, Local, 4/21/1999
Egypt's supports UN's initiative concerning Kosovo
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa confirmed that Egypt supports the initiative of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to solve Kosovo issue, adding that it is necessary to rally support for this initiative, referring to the possibility of activating it.
Egypt, Politics, 4/21/1999
Iraq warns US, British pilots
An Iraqi military official on Tuesday warned the US and British pilots who fly within the " two no fly zones" of the consequences of violating Iraqi airspace.
Iraq, Politics, 4/21/1999
Moroccan trade union delegation visits Egypt
A delegation of the Moroccan energy federation-- affiliated to the Moroccan Labor Union (UMT)-- is currently visiting Egypt where it was received by Egyptian energy and electricity minister, Maher Abaza.
Egypt-Morocco, Economics, 4/21/1999
Occupied Golan strikes in solidarity with Arab prisoners in Israel
The relatives of Syrian prisoners in Israel are to strike today in front of the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Damascus in solidarity with the prisoners from the occupied Syrian Golan.
Syria-Regional, Politics, 4/21/1999
Yemen, Ethiopia for strengthening bilateral relations
Ethiopia announced on Tuesday that it had agreed with Yemen to strengthen bilateral relations in various economic fields.
Yemen-Ethiopia, Politics, 4/21/1999
Christian sects in Egypt agree on unified law for personal status
Christian sects in Egypt agreed for the first time on a unified draft law for personal status that ends the disagreements regarding divorce and remarriage.
Egypt, Religion, 4/21/1999
Qatar, Japan to expand volume of joint investment
Qatari Minister of Energy Abdullah Bin Hamad al-Ateyah on Tuesday urged the Japanese government to expand its investments in Qatar. In the meantime, Japan's investments in Qatar are limited to developing operations of oil and gas and the sale of those products.
Qatar-Japan, Economics, 4/21/1999
Arab ministers of electricity discuss the progress in the electric link among them
Ministers of electricity in the Arab states for the Arab cabinet for electricity held their third meeting today at Arab League headquarters under the chairmanship of Saudi Minister of Industry and Electricity Hashem Yamani to discuss issues regarding joint Arab work in the fields of energy and electricity.
Regional, Economics, 4/21/1999
Abdul Meguid assures Lebanese prime minister al-Hoss of efforts on Arnoun
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid sent a written message today to Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss which explained the details of communications Abdul Meguid made with United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, the head of the UN Security Council, the US and Russia to support Lebanon's stance in the international circles toward Israel's occupation of Arnoun village in south Lebanon.
Lebanon-Regional, Politics, 4/21/1999
Hizbullah criticizes April Understanding statement
Lebanese Parliamentarian Muhammad Raad, who is also chairman of the political council of the Hizbullah party, has strongly regretted the content of the statements released on Tuesday by the April Understanding Monitoring Committee.
Lebanon, Politics, 4/21/1999
Britain, France condemn Israel's reoccupation of Arnoun
Britain has condemned Israeli forces' reoccupation of Arnoun. British ambassador David Ross McLennan expressed his country's regret for the Israeli occupation of Arnoun following his meeting with the Lebanese Foreign Ministry's secretary general, Zafer al-Hassan, on Tuesday in Beirut.
Lebanon-International, Politics, 4/21/1999
Lebanese clarification on occupied town of Arnoun
Lebanese governmental sources on Tuesday commented on the statements of the April Understanding Monitoring Committee on the issue of Arnoun that it is "in the interest of all sides to seek a solution to the issue of Arnoun and that, to this end, the issue should be further examined on an urgent basis, both by the parties and in bilateral channels."
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 4/21/1999
Israel build fortifications in Arnoun, aggression continues
Israeli occupation forces and the Lahd militias opened fire on a group of journalists who were covering the news of occupying the village of Arnoun outside the barbed wires surrounding the town
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 4/21/1999
Four journalists tried in Egypt
The Egyptian attorney general decided to raised a criminal case against four journalists working for the Egyptian Islamic paper of al-Shaab under accusations of "defaming and insulting."
Egypt, Judicial, 4/21/1999
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Portuguese Foreign Minister Jaime Gama is to visit Egypt officially on April 28, during which he will meet with Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa. Assistant Foreign Minister for European Affairs Fathi El-Shazeli said, "Portugal is getting ready for the chairmanship of the European Union in the first half of the year 2000, which gives an importance to this visit."
The Italian air company "Alitalia" has lost the corpse of a Moroccan national who died on April 6 and was repatriated for burial in Morocco. According to "La Stampa" daily, the coffin of the 28-year old Bouazza Nafar was to be carried Saturday from Turin, in Italy, to Casablanca, but it was lost in the airport of Rome.
Mourad Cherif, director general of the Moroccan state-owned phosphates corporation (OCP), became on Tuesday the new chief of the largest Moroccan private group, Omnium Nord Africain (ONA). Cherif, who previously held several ministerial positions, replaces Fouad Filali, 44. Filali has been heading the group for 13 years.
A spanish jet, landed at a small road to the north of Rabat, was set ablaze by the pilot when he could not take off. According to Moroccan daily "Al Alam" which published a photo of the plane, the jet was carrying black suitcases that were transferred to three Spanish-plated cars which were waiting for the jet. The pilot tried to take off after delivering the suitcases but as he failed to do so he set the plane ablaze.
US Vice President Al Gore hailed the UAE yesterday as the United States' second-largest market among the Gulf states. He said in a letter read at the opening of the Middle East Policy Council Conference that, "Growing numbers of American firms are doing business and are based in the UAE because of its excellent infrastructure and welcoming environment."
The head of the United Nations Iraq program, Benon Sevan, said yesterday that revenues from the oil-for-food program are higher than expected, but that they will not resolve the humanitarian situation in Iraq.
A French woman was arrested lately in Morocco with 11 kg of cannabis concealed in the petrol tank of her car.
Morocco's military team has won the 1st Arab military parachuting championships held lately at the United Arab Emirates with the participation of ten Arab states. The Moroccan team gleaned six medals (2 gold and 4 silver), followed by the United Arab Emirates with six medals (2 Gold, 1 silver and 3 Bronze) and with three medals (1 Gold and 2 bronze).
Chairman and Secretary General of the International Federation of Gymnastics (IFG), Bruno Grandi and Norbert Buchet, are visiting Morocco since Monday to review preparations made by the Kingdom for hosting the next IFG congress in November 2000.
Morocco and El Salvador signed Tuesday here an umbrella accord and memorandum of understanding providing for the consolidation of cooperation between the two countries in the political, economic, scientific and technical fields.
Chairman of the "Aburnitilnisystemi" Russian group, Yuri Rodin Siva, which produces "S 300" missiles said that Libya will get this type of defense system after UN sanctions have been lifted from it.
The University of Aleppo on Tuesday signed a twining and cooperation agreement with the Muhammad Boudiaf University of Science and Technology in the Algerian province of Wahran.
The April Understanding Monitoring Committee concluded its meeting on Tuesday morning by condemning Israel over bombarding Arab Salim and opening fire on the media and wounding one of them.
Ambassador Seif Saeed Bin Said al-Sweidi on Tuesday was appointed as the secretary for the Foreign Ministry in the United Arab Emirates. The Gulf News Agency said the UAE Cabinet approved in its Monday's session the nomination of al-Sweidi ot the said post. Since 1993, al-Sweidi has been the acting Foreign Ministry secretary.
The Algerian constitutional council on Tuesday announced Abdul Aziz Bouteflika as the new president of Algeria after he won the presidential elections held on April 15. The council stressed that Bouteflika won some 7,445, 045 votes.