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Al-Sharaa discusses Syrian, regional issues in an exclusive interview with al-Wasat
Al-Sharaa: "The problem of a very important subject is the Arab common market. How can we imagine an Arab summit being held on this subject while some Arabs do not even talk to each other? We need a minimum understanding, common vision and common feelings."
Syria-Regional, Politics, 4/27/1999
Egyptian - Libyan communications to achieve Sudanese reconciliation
Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Gaddafi received yesterday a delegation from the Sudanese opposition under the chairmanship of Sadeq El-Mahdi, the leader of Ummah Party, who is currently visiting Tripoli.
Libya-Egypt, Politics, 4/27/1999
Moussa says Egypt is deeply concerned with Sudan's unity
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa renewed his confirmation that Egypt is concerned with the unity of Sudan and keeping Sudanese interests, and not to stand against any Sudanese interest.
Egypt, Politics, 4/27/1999
Palestinian central council and the establishment of a state
Chairman of the Palestinian National Council Salim al-Zanoun on Monday said that meetings of the Palestinian central council due to convened today Tuesday) to discuss the declaration or postponement of Palestinian statehood will be secret and will last for several days.
Palestine, Politics, 4/27/1999
Sheik Zayed is due to visit Oman
United Arab Emirates-Oman, Politics, 4/27/1999
Report: Jordanian mediation between Syrian and the PA
The Jordanian daily al-Dostour issued on Monday said that Jordan is now qualified to start a mediation between Damascus and the Palestinian Authority, and this topic was seriously debated during the visit of King Abdullah to Damascus.
Regional, Politics, 4/27/1999
Bouteflika's election heralds major progress in Moroccan - Algerian ties
The election of Abdelaziz Bouteflika as Algeria's President heralds major progress in relations between Algeria and Morocco, a London-based Arabic daily reported.
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 4/27/1999
Prince Sultan in Tunis today
Saudi Minister of Defense and Aviation Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz is to arrive today in Tunisia on a five-day official visit in his tour that includes Pakistan and Iran.
Saudi Arabia-Tunisia, Politics, 4/27/1999
Jordanian monarch due to make European - American tour
During the first half of May, Jordan's King Abdullah II will make a European tour followed by a visit to the United States aimed at collecting political and economic support for Jordan, attracting investments and supporting the Jordanian - European partnership.
Jordan, Politics, 4/27/1999
Communications for an expanded Arab summit in case of reelection of Netanyahu
Diplomatic sources in Cairo revealed the existence of communications among Arab capitals to discuss the probability of convening an expanded Arab summit.
Regional, Politics, 4/27/1999
Agreement for trade cooperation between Egypt and India
An Indian economic delegation starts today a visit to Egypt to draft a general framework for trade cooperation between the two countries.
Egypt-India, Economics, 4/27/1999
Moroccan-Spanish high joint commission to meet in Madrid on Wednesday
The Moroccan-Spanish high joint commission will convene on Wednesday and Thursday in Madrid under the co-chairmanship of the two countries' prime ministers, Abderrahmane Youssoufi and Jose Maria Aznar.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 4/27/1999
King Hassan II receives education reform commission
King Hassan II received Monday in Marrakesh the members of the ad hoc commission in charge of reforming Morocco's educational system.
Morocco, Education, 4/27/1999
Syria, Turkey for boosting transport relations
Syrian-Turkish talks started on Monday at the headquarters of the Ministry of Transportation in Damascus. The two sides discussed transport and means of improving mutual relations.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 4/27/1999
Palestinian Legislative Council's political statement
At the conclusion of its meeting in Ramallah on Monday, the Palestinian Legislative Council issued a political statement in which it stressed that it will proceed toward establishing the independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as a capital as well as taking all necessary measures and steps to attain this very objective.
Palestine, Politics, 4/27/1999
US general praises military cooperation with Yemen
Commander in Chief of the U.S. Central Command, General Anthony Zinni, said yesterday in Sanaa, Yemen, that military cooperation with Yemen "has gone very well."
Yemen-USA, Politics, 4/27/1999
King Fahd calls for pressuring Israel to withdraw from Golan, Jerusalem
During its Monday session, chaired by King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz, the Saudi Cabinet denounced the repeated aggressive Israeli practices against south Lebanon.
Saudi Arabia-Regional, Politics, 4/27/1999
Likud opposes withdrawal from the Golan
The Israeli government secretary Danny Naveh has renewed the rejection of his government under the leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to implementing UN resolutions concerning the occupied Syrian Golan Heights or the occupied West Bank.
Israel-Regional, Politics, 4/27/1999
Netanyahu warns the Palestinians
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeated threats against the Palestinians, warning against the declaration of a Palestinian statehood. In a statement to Israel Radio on Monday morning Netanyahu stressed that his government has decided to take tough measures in case a Palestinian state is declared.
Palestine-Israel-USA, Politics, 4/27/1999
Israel and the Russian weapons to Iran
Chairman of the Israeli Center Party and former Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai said that rebuilding Israeli-Russian relations and the efforts exerted towards convincing Russia not to provide Iran with missile technology were all made through high-level coordination between the Israeli government and the CIA.
Israel-Russia, Politics, 4/27/1999
Moroccan foreign minister confers with US peer
Moroccan Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister Mohamed Benaissa conferred in Washington Monday with U.S Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on bilateral relations and current issues of common concern.
Morocco-USA, Politics, 4/27/1999
Search for petroleum near borders with Israel confined to Egyptian companies
the Egyptian minister revealed an increase in the reserve of petroleum and gas from 1.124 billion tonnes on January 1, 1998 to 1.126 billion tonnes this year.
Egypt, Economics, 4/27/1999
Book review: Tunisia, the country of promising economy
The Tunisian foreign investment agency has released a new book under the title, "Tunisia: the country of a promising economy." The book includes information about the general characteristics of the Tunisian economy, market, human resources, the infrastructure and a briefing on encouraging investment means in the country and direct foreign investment.
Tunisia, Economics, 4/27/1999
260 French companies in Cairo
A delegation of French businessmen representing 260 French companies is to arrive in Cairo on Friday to take part in the French exhibition "France Expo 99," which will be held on May 2 - 6.
Egypt-France, Economics, 4/27/1999
UAE to finance airport for humanitarian aid in Albania
The United Arab Emirates daily al-Itihad said on Monday that the UAE will finance the erection of an airport in Kokis in northern Albania, dedicated to facilitating delivery of humanitarian aid to Kosovar refugees.
United Arab Emirates-Albania, Economics, 4/27/1999
Proceedings to resume on Thursday in terrorist case
The Egyptian state supreme security court is resuming on Thursday hearings of the public prosecution and defense in the terrorism case of Ahmed Abd El-Wahab Khalil, under the chairmanship of counselor Ismail Hamdi, head of the court.
Egypt, Judicial, 4/27/1999
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Morocco's King Hassan II ratified yesterday an agreement for a free trade exchange zone between Egypt and Morocco, dictating the reduction of customs duties between the two states gradually until they reach zero over five years, the chairman of Egyptian - Morocco works council, Yamani Felfela, told ArabicNews.com today. He added that the agreement becomes normal by the ratification of the Moroccan side, and thus the customs duties will be reduced by 25% immediately on some products and goods exchanged between the two sides that have no duplicates, either in Cairo or Rabat.
The UN Committee against Torture will consider reports and hear presentations from Egypt and Morocco among ten countries on their implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment during the committee's three-week meetings which started yesterday.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa confirmed that there is a permanent coordination between Egyptian and French diplomacy on high levels and among experts, stating that Egyptian - French strategic talks that have taken place over several days in Paris have tackled different matters concerned with bilateral relations and the role of the two countries toward different issues on regional and international levels, at the top of which are the peace process in the Middle East and cooperation among the Mediterranean states.
Pope Shenuda III of Alexandria (Egypt) said Arnoun will remain Lebanese, because legitimacy is stronger than power in spite of Israel re-occupying it. Pope Shenuda arrived at the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Sunday evening to participate in the meetings of Middle East churches.
A British national was arrested lately by Moroccan customs agents with nearly four tons of cannabis concealed in his Lorry. The drug was embedded among garments destined for a British company.
The Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco will hold next May 6-8 a session on the dissuasive role of nuclear weapons. The session, to be attended by academicians and worldwide experts, will hear presentations on the evolution of nuclear weapons, the nuclear arms race in the world as well as on the role and stakes of nuclear weapons in the establishment of the world peace and stability.
The next Moroccan Golf Open and Sahara cup will be held in Agadir (Southern Morocco) next June 17-20. A hundred of best pro and amateur golfers from Europe, USA, Asia and Africa will take part in Morocco's prestigious golf event.
The Moroccan-Yemeni ministerial commission is to hold a two day meeting in Rabat as of Wednesday. The Yemeni delegation will be led by minister of planning and development, Ahmed Soufane.
Morocco's month in Ecuador, held by the Moroccan embassy in three major cities, was a total success and was highly appreciated by the public who attended the various scheduled events, said the Moroccan embassy.
The third forum of Arab business people will meet next May 20-21 in Marrakesh to discuss "globalization and effects of the Euro on Arab economies."
Conoco, Inc. said on Friday that it intends to apply for a permit to open an office in Saudi Arabia, which would be opened, if approved, by the middle of this year. "We believe it is time to establish an office in Saudi Arabia that can best support our pursuit of new business opportunities," a Conoco press release quoted Philip L. Frederickson, Conoco vice president of business development, as saying.
Syrian Deputy Premier for Economic Affairs Salim Yassin on Monday in Damascus received the chairman of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Michael Frank, and members of the accompanying delegation. Talks dealt with ways of boosting and developing economic relations between the two countries.
Syrian President al-Assad on Monday at Damascus al-Shaab presidential palace received the president and executive director of Conoco Petroleum Gas, Archie Dunham. Talks dealt with Syria's course of building up, construction and development.
The UN representative in Asmara, Martin Nefuguwena, has announced that the UN special envoy to Africa Mohamed Sahnoun met on Monday morning with the Eritrean Foreign Minister Haile Weldensae. In a telephone call with the AFP Nefuguwena said Sahnoun also met with other Eritrean governmental officials later in the day.
Israel Radio on Monday quoted the chairman of the Israeli Center Party, Yitzhak Mordechai, as saying that King Abdullah of Jordan expressed during their meeting on Sunday in Amman his support for the idea proposed to him by Mordechai of convening a peace conference on the Middle East in Amman following the end of the Israeli elections.
Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin and members of his accompanying delegation arrived in Libya on Monday for a visit to Libya which will last several days. In an arrival statement, the Ethiopian foreign minister explained that he will discuss with the secretary of the Libyan foreign committee (foreign minister), Omar al-Muntasir, bilateral relations between the two countries and means of developing and fostering them.