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Syria, Jordan to start construction of al-Wahda dam
A round of final talks were held on Monday in Damascus between the Syrian delegation led by Irrigation Minister Abdul Rahman Madani and the Jordanian side led by Minister of Water and Irrigation Kamel Hadadin.
Syria-Jordan, Economics, 5/4/1999
Khatami to Prince Sultan: Your visit is a gift for us
Iranian President Muhammad Khatami on Monday in Tehran received Saudi Defense Minister Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz in his visit to Iran.
Saudi Arabia-Iran, Politics, 5/4/1999
Iranian news agency talks on President Khatami's tour
Iranian President Muhammad Khatami will start an Arab tour on May 13, the first of its kind following his election as president of Iran in May 1997.
Iran, Politics, 5/4/1999
Jospin says France will recognize Palestinian statehood on the proper date
French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin announced that both his country and European Union will recognize the Palestinian state at the proper time, saying that establishing this state is the right of the Palestinians, as statehood is the perfect way to achieve stability between the Palestinians and Israel.
Egypt-France, Politics, 5/4/1999
New museum for Egyptian civilization to cost 90 million pounds
The Egyptian Ministry of Culture decided to begin executive measures to establish a museum for Egyptian civilization in October after a halt that lasted for 15 years due to the lack of necessary financing for this project, which is to cost 90 million pounds.
Egypt, Culture, 5/4/1999
New party to be formed in Algeria, statement on liberties
Former Algerian Prime Minister Mawloud Hamroush, who is also one of the six candidates who withdrew from last month's Algerian presidential elections, is expected to form a new party within the next two weeks under his chairmanship.
Algeria, Politics, 5/4/1999
One Israeli soldier killed in south Lebanon
The Lebanese resistance on Monday attacked the Israeli occupation position in Sujoud inside the occupied part of south Lebanon. Lebanese resistance sources said one of its groups attacked Israeli movements in the position at 6 a.m. Monday. Direct hits were achieved.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 5/4/1999
Arab anti-terrorism pact law to be enforced on Friday
The secretary general of the Arab ministers of the interior council, Ahmad al-Salem, has said that the Arab agreement to fight terrorism which was ratified by the Arab ministers of the interior in a joint meeting in 1998 will be put into actual realization as of Friday.
Regional, Politics, 5/4/1999
Lebanese Parliament speaker confers with US ambassador on south Lebanon
Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament Nabih Berri on Monday reviewed with the US ambassador in Lebanon, David Satterfield, developments in Lebanon, especially conditions in the south.
Lebanon-USA, Politics, 5/4/1999
Cairo: $300 million Indian project for fertilizer production
Indian companies are discussing establishing fertilizer factory in the Suez Canal with investments of $300 million.
Egypt-India, Business, 5/4/1999
Dubai: A conference on Gulf - European partnership
The industrial and commercial chamber of Dubai is to host the second conference for the Gulf - European partnership on November 29, organized by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states' chamber and the European Commission in cooperation with the Gulf Organization for Gulf Consultations.
Gulf-European Union, Business, 5/4/1999
Moroccan Jews World Union winds up constituent meeting
The Moroccan Jews World Union wound up on Monday in Marrakesh a two-day constituent meeting, held under the patronage of King Hassan II.
Morocco, Politics, 5/4/1999
Moroccan king calls Moroccan-born Jews to vote for peace
King Hassan II on Monday voiced hope that Moroccan-born Jews will vote for peace in the upcoming general elections in Israel.
Morocco, Politics, 5/4/1999
Yemeni party opposes military facilitation for the US
Yemen-USA, Politics, 5/4/1999
Organization of African Unity condemns coup d'etat in Comoros Islands
The Organization of African Unity condemned the coup d'etat that took place last Friday in the Comoros Islands.
Comoros, Politics, 5/4/1999
Saudi relations with Iran are not contradictory with US relations
Saudi Defense and Aviation Minister Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz has asserted that his country's good relations with the US are not contradictory to its developing relations with Iran.
Saudi Arabia-Iran, Politics, 5/4/1999
OIC chief calls for increase of aid to Kosovo refugees
Secretary general of the Jeddah-based Organization of the Islamic Conference, Azeddine Laraki, called the 55 OIC member countries to increase and coordinate their aid to the refugees of Kosovo.
Regional-OIC, Politics, 5/4/1999
Burkina Faso presidents visits Ethiopia, Eritrea to end dispute
The president of Burkina Faso will during this week visit Ethiopia and Eritrea in an attempt to end the border disputes between the two neighboring countries.
Ethiopia-Eritrea, Politics, 5/4/1999
Positive indicators for Algerian economy due to higher oil prices
The average price of Algerian petroleum increased to $17 per barrel due to the resurgence prevailing in petroleum prices on the international market. This price surpasses the expectations in the financial budgets this year, which expect $15 per barrel for 1999.
Algeria, Economics, 5/4/1999
Seven reported killed in Algeria ambush
The Algerian dailies issued on Monday said that five military men and two members of the local guards were killed on Sunday in an ambush carried out by an armed group, just 70 km east of the capital, Algiers.
Algeria, Local, 5/4/1999
Kuwaiti government and National Assembly face off over print of Quran
The Kuwaiti State's council witnessed a strong debate between Minister of Justice and Endowments Ahmed al-Kolieb and the Islamic members of the parliament due to mistakes in publishing copies of the holy Quran.
Kuwait, Politics, 5/4/1999
Bahrain's premier confers with former US president
Bush added, laughing, "Here I am and I find myself jobless while Saddam remains Iraq's ruler."
Bahrain-USA, Politics, 5/4/1999
Ankara: Ecevit starts forming his new government
Bulent Ecevit, head of the Turkish Democratic Left Party, started his consultations with other parties to form a new Turkish government.
Turkey, Politics, 5/4/1999
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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak held a meeting on Monday in Cairo during which reports pertinent to the country's foreign policy were reviewed.The Egyptian officials and ministers in the meeting stressed the need of deepening and developing inter-Arab relations and expanding the circle of coordination and cooperation with the Arab states.
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa on Monday in Damascus received the Middle East peace process coordinator at the Canadian Foreign Ministry, Andrea Robinson.
Prince Ali Bin Hussein of Jordan has stated that Lebanese President Emile Lahoud will "very shortly visit Jordan," his first visit to Jordan since he assumed power. The prince added that the visit came "at the invitation of the Jordanian King Abdullah Bin Hussein."
King Hassan II has sent president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia a message related mainly to the follow-up of the official visit Ben Ali paid to Morocco last March 15-16.
Royal Air Maroc received today two Boeing 737 - 700 planes, with a capacity of 120 passengers. The regional manager for the Moroccan airline, El-Hassan El-Kanoni, told ArabicNews.com this step comes within the framework of the plan to upgrade the air fleet of the Moroccan airlines to confront the fierce competition in the air transportation field.
The United Arab Emirates' El-Habthoor group decided to start its activity in Egypt for the first time, where the representative of the company in Egypt, Ahmed Abd El-Latif, said that the group bought 54% of the shares of El-Ahram company for tourist and estate investment, which is considered a holding company according to the provinces of Egyptian investment law. El-Habthoor group will continue projects underway by El-Ahram, such as establishing a hotel in Giza pyramids, a region for tourist villas at Sakara, and an international hospital, adding that the UAE company bought Egyptian shares worth 20 million pounds.
Badran Kamal, head of the Egyptian - Lebanese Business Association, expected an increase in Lebanese direct investment in Egypt to $2.7 billion during the coming three years in comparison to $880 million currently. Badran also commented on the successful visit of a Lebanese delegation to Egypt, which included 14 businessmen under the chairmanship of Jacques Saraf, head of the Lebanese Industrial Union.
Three members of the Hamas movement were taken back into custody by the Palestinian police after they were released recently. Sources in the Palestinian police stated that they are accused of being involved in a 1996 bombing that resulted in Israeli deaths, where the Israeli government has expressed its annoyance towards the release of Hamas elements.
Chairman of the Lebanese Higher Shiite Council, Sheikh Muhammad Mahdi Shamseddine, continues his official visit to Oman. On Monday he met with Sultan Qaboos, and the two men "discussed Arab and Islamic issues over which views were identical," according to a statement by the Shiite council in Beirut.
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid has praised the border agreement reached by the United Arab Emirates and Oman, signed by UAE President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan and Oman's Sultan Qaboos Bin Saeed.
Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khaleifa al-Thani on Monday in Doha received a message from Turkish President Suleiman Demirel. The Gulf News Agency said the message, which extends an invitation to the prince to visit Turkey, was handed over by Turkish ambassador Agore Argoun during his meeting on Monday with Sheikh Hamad.
Oman and Kenya signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday in Muscat to develop cooperation in the area of air transportation. The two sides agreed to increase the number of flights between the two countries from two to 10 flights on weekly basis.
Two men who were convicted of murder were executed on Monday in the Yemeni province of Hajjah, north of Sanaa. Qaed Makhbash and Nasser Makhbash were executed by hanging for deliberate killing of two men. The execution was carried out in the presence of representatives of the court and the security department and crowd of citizens. The number of men executed in Yemen since the beginning of the current year has reached 16.
Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Monday morning received Qatari Shoura council official Issa al-Kawari and members of his accompanying delegation. Talks dealt with bilateral relations and means of developing them in various fields.
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid has canceled a visit which was scheduled to be held to the United Arab Emirates on May 4 - 6 to take part in a symposium organized by the Arab Monetary Fund on the implications of the euro on the economies of the Arab states.