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7.7 percent increase in OPEC revenues likely this year, US says
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said that based on an April reference case it expects OPEC oil export revenues to increase by 7.7% in 1999 to $107.6 billion.
Regional, Economics, 5/6/1999
On dissolving the Kuwaiti parliament
Kuwaiti parliament members and political forces accused the government of preparing the conditions which were conducive to the decision of the emir of Kuwait,Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah, to dissolve the Nation's Council (the Parliament).
Kuwait, Politics, 5/6/1999
Emir of Kuwait: Relations between Nation's Council, government reached a deadlock
Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Jaber al-Sabah related the dissolution of the Nation's Council (parliament) to practices by deputies who unjustly used constitutional provisions away from the constitution's spirit and society's values.
Kuwait, Politics, 5/6/1999
Morocco to develop fisheries sector into a strategic leg of the economy
Moroccan fisheries minister Habib El Malki affirmed that Morocco is endeavoring to make of the fishing sector a tool to enhance sustained development through the launching of a large scale program to build more ports, modernize the country's fleet and upgrade the professionals' skills.
Morocco, Economics, 5/6/1999
El-Baz: Palestinians took the right decision by delaying proclamation of their state
Meanwhile, Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa has asserted the need to resume negotiations on the Syrian track from the point at which they broke off.
Egypt, Politics, 5/6/1999
Al-Sharaa confers with al-Qaddoumi
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa on Wednesday in Damascus received the chairman of the PLO political department, Farouk al-Qaddoumi.
Syria-Palestine, Politics, 5/6/1999
Starting the free trade agreements between Egypt and Morocco
Egypt's ambassador in Rabat, Ahmed Amin Fath Allah, said the Moroccan Foreign Ministry informed him officially that they have finalized legal matters concerning the Egyptian free trade zone agreement between Egypt and Morocco, and that these agreements entered the frame of implementation.
Egypt-Morocco, Economics, 5/6/1999
Protest demonstration in Nablus; Canada and Greece and Italy stand with Palestine at the Orient house
The AP quoted Clinton as saying in a message he addressed to Palestinian President Yasser Arafat that the Palestinians have the right to self-determination and to live free today, tomorrow and forever.
Palestine, Politics, 5/6/1999
Moroccan interior minister in Brussels
Moroccan minister of the interior, Driss Basri, is paying this May 5-7 a working visit to Brussels at the invitation of Belgian peer Luc Van den Bossche, who is also deputy premier.
Morocco-Belgium, Politics, 5/6/1999
Owner of Al-Shifaa factory: lifting of embargo a recognition of US mistake
Owner of al-Shifaa factory, Salah Idris, has commended the decision taken by the US to lift the embargo imposed on his bank account in the US. He added that the decision is a recognition by the US administration of its mistake in striking the al-Shifaa factory on August 20, 1998.
Sudan, Politics, 5/6/1999
Bashar al-Assad confers with UAE defense minister, horse race brings friends together
Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday received in Palmyra Sheikh Muhammad Bin Rashed al-Maktoum, Dubai's crown prince and the minister of defence in the United Arab Emirates, who had arrived in Syria on Tuesday to take part, together with his three sons in the "tolerance and capability" race held in the Palmyran desert in the framework of the seventh al-Badia festival.
Syria-United Arab Emirates, Politics, 5/6/1999
Morocco and Bulgaria share will to establish free-trade area
Moroccan prime minister, Abderrahmane Youssoufi, expressed on Wednesday Moroccan and Bulgarian will to establish a free-trade area to promote trade.
Morocco-Bulgaria, Politics, 5/6/1999
Egypt mediates to settle the dispute between Eriterea, Ethiopia
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa has announced that that an Egyptian mediation is currently being made by President Hosni Mubarak between Eritrea and Ethiopia in order to settle the disputes arising between the two sides.
Egypt-Africa, Politics, 5/6/1999
The Palestinians and the Israeli elections
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated that Israel rejects the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state that can own missiles, artillery and tanks and seal military pacts with Iran and Iraq.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 5/6/1999
UAE, Qatar send donations to Kosovo
Two Qatari planes and one from the United Arab Emirates headed for Tirana on Tuesday carrying humanitarian aid to Kosovo's refugees.
United Arab Emirates-Qatar-Yugoslavia, Economics, 5/6/1999
First Tunisian private sector power link established
The French Alestom engineering group won a contract to establish an electric station with a strength of 471 million megawatts near the Tunisian capital in the first private project for generating electricity in Tunis.
Tunisia-France, Economics, 5/6/1999
Selling 60 governmental companies in Egypt
Egypt, Business, 5/6/1999
US company studies establishing factory for treating gas in Lebanon
The American M.W. Kellogg Company won a contract to conduct the technical studies regarding a factory for treating gas which forms a main part of a project to providing Lebanon with its needs of gas to generate electric energy.
Lebanon, Business, 5/6/1999
Algerian diplomat ties opening of borders with Morocco to settlement of bilateral issues
Algerian ambassador in Washington, Ramtane Laamamra, linked the opening of Algerian land borders with Morocco to the settlement of the existing problems between them.
Algeria-Morocco, Politics, 5/6/1999
Four Egyptian textile companies merge into two
The Egyptian textile sector witnessed the day before yesterday a merger among four Egyptian companies that formed two new companies with assets of nearly one billion pounds.
Egypt, Business, 5/6/1999
Syrian exports-imports during March, Tartous port sees activity rise
During March, some 121 ships arrived in Syria's Lattakia port, carrying 384,904 tonnes, including 229,939 in imports and 54,965 in exports.
Syria, Economics, 5/6/1999
Second Cairo marketing festival to start on July 20
It was decided that Cairo marketing festival will start on July 20 and last for a month.
Egypt, Economics, 5/6/1999
Message from between Iranian president to the Saudi crown prince
Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz on Wednesday in Jeddah received a message from the Iranian President Muhammad Khatami.
Saudi Arabia-Iran, Politics, 5/6/1999
UAE pleased with oil price increase
United Arab Emirates Oil Minister Obeid Bin Self al-Nasiri has expressed his satisfaction with the increase in oil prices.
United Arab Emirates, Economics, 5/6/1999
Disputes in Hamas due to Palestinian central council meeting
There are disputes prevailing in the Hamas movement due to the participation of the movement's spiritual mentor in the meetings of the Palestinian central council held at Gaza last week under the chairmanship of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.
Palestine, Politics, 5/6/1999
Discovering five new archeological cemeteries in Luxor by chance
Chance revealed five new archeological cemeteries in Luxor whose age dates back to 4,500 years ago. These cemeteries were discovered at starting placing the foundation stone for a huge tourism project in this area.
Egypt, Culture, 5/6/1999
Egypt plans Russian industrial exhibition
The organization for Egyptian international markets and exhibitions is making special arrangements regarding a Russian industrial exhibition that will be held in Cairo during November.
Egypt-Russia, Economics, 5/6/1999
Musical conference ends meeting in Beirut
The 15th Arab musical conference concluded on Wednesday its meetings by recommending the establishment of a union for higher music institutions.
Regional, Culture, 5/6/1999
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In a statement issued on Wednesday in Cairo, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said he will visit the US at the end of June. In a statement to the Egyptian daily al-Goumureyah, the Egyptian president said that during his visit to the US he will meet with US President Bill Clinton and hold talks with him on means of developing bilateral relations and international issues.
Egyptian Minister of Petroleum Hamdi El-Banbi signed yesterday a new agreement with the Amoco and Elf Aquitaine to explore for petroleum in the Mediterranean Sea in an area covering 15,600 square kilometers. The two companies agree to spend a minimum of $310 million on the exploration operations and to dig 10 new exploratory wells for which modern technology will be used due to the drilling area's location in deep water.
The 3rd economic and investments show destined to inform Moroccans living in France on business opportunities in their homeland will be held in Paris this May 13-16. The event seeks to foster contacts and dialogue between Moroccan entrepreneurs settled in Europe and their peers living at home.
King Abdullah of Jordan will pay an official visit to Germany next monday, a Jordanian authorized source said on Wednesday.
An International workshop was held lately in Morocco under the theme: "Adoption of a common system in the collection, processing and the exchange of zoo-epidemiologic data."
For the third time, the Algerian authorities banned a march organized by five of the six candidates who withdraw from presidential elections in Algeria last month. The five persons decided to replace the march by regulating a people's assembly in the capital tomorrow.
US State Department deputy spokesman James Foley said yesterday that the decision to release the assets of Saudi businessman Salah Idris was not about the validity of the decision to strike the al-Shifaa pharmaceutical plant in Sudan last August. "Our actions against the plant were not predicated on the gentleman's ownership of the plant," Foley said, "I think we indicated at the time we didn't know he was the owner until after the strike."
In its Wednesday report about countries that gave aid to Kosovar refugees, AFP said that Israel has for three weeks held a mobile hospital in Macedonian, while the workers trade union federation Histadrout and the Jewish agency sent about 10 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Kosovo, while Israel received some 112 refugees from Kosovo.
The Swedish Ericsson and US Motorola companies have won two mobile telephone contracts in Oman at a cost of US $43 million. The Oman News Agency reported that the contract signed with Ericsson provides for expanding the mobile telephone network in Muscat, whereas the Motorola contract calls for expanding the mobile network in al-Batinah district in the northern part of the country.