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Khatami arrives today in Damascus, seven agreements signed
Iranian President Muhammad Khatami arrives today in Damascus to visit Syria for two days in the course of his tour which will also cover Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Syria-Iran, Politics, 5/13/1999
Prince Nayef: Border demarcation to be completed shortly with Yemen
Saudi Minister of the Interior Prince Nayef Bin Abdul Aziz has asserted that there is no link between his meeting last week with the secretary general of the Iranian National Security Council, Hassan Rouhani, and the summit meeting held by leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council member states in Jeddah on Monday.
Saudi Arabia-Regional, Politics, 5/13/1999
Algeria positive on Arab Maghreb Union
Algerian sources in Cairo told ArabicNews.com today that calling for these meetings reflects Algeria's desire to activate this onion and its organization.
Maghreb, Politics, 5/13/1999
Moussa confers with Merghani on Sudanese reconciliation
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa met with Mohammed Othman El-Mergani, head of the Sudanese opposition National Democratic Alliance, and El-Sadek El-Mahdi, leader of the Sudanese opposition Ummah Party and Sudanese former prime minister.
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 5/13/1999
Iran: Relations with Gulf states improving
Iranian Defense Minister Lt. Gen. Ali Shamkhani said defense relations between Iran and the Arab Gulf states are growing rapidly.
Gulf-Iran, Politics, 5/13/1999
Arafat to visit Syria in June
Well-informed Palestinian sources in Beirut said that Palestinian President Yasser Arafat will visit Damascus in June and meet with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad.
Palestine-Syria, Politics, 5/13/1999
UN Security Council hails acceptance of proposed package on Sahara
The U.N. Security Council Wednesday welcomed the acceptance by Morocco and the Polisario Front of revised arrangements for completing the identification of voters and an appeals process which paves the way for a referendum on the future of the Sahara.
Morocco-UN, Politics, 5/13/1999
Egyptian economic delegation to visit Beirut in June
An Egyptian business delegation will visit Lebanon in June to follow up on the executive steps for starting joint projects between the two countries.
Egypt-Lebanon, Economics, 5/13/1999
Mubarak meets president of Namibia
President of Namibia Sam Nojuma arrived today in Cairo on an official visit, during which he is convening with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Egypt-Namibia, Politics, 5/13/1999
Saudi crown prince to begin seven-country tour
Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz is to begin a tour at the end of the current month that includes seven European, African and Arab countries, lasting for two weeks.
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 5/13/1999
Libyan - Saudi relations strengthen with new ambassadors
King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz has received a message from Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gaddafi pertaining to developments in the Lockerbie issue and certain common Arab matters.
Saudi Arabia-Libya, Politics, 5/13/1999
King Abdullah: A new page opened in Syrian - Jordanian relations
Jordan's King Abdullah Bin Hussein has said that Jordan has opened a new page in relations with Syria in the service of the two "sisterly people and their common interests."
Jordan-Regional, Politics, 5/13/1999
Moroccan foreign minister winds up visit to France
The French side pledged to back Morocco within the G-7 of industrialized countries to alleviate the burden of external debt, especially through raising the ceiling of debt that can be converted into investments. This ceiling is now set by the "club de Paris" at 20% of debts, Benaissa said.
Morocco-France, Politics, 5/13/1999
El-Baz: Egypt never interferes in Palestinian decisions
The Egyptian president's political advisor Osama El-Baz said the visit of President Mubarak to Asian countries is not directed against any other country, but it comes within the framework of Egypt's foreign policy that is greatly concerned with establishing relations and cooperation with the East and West.
Egypt, Politics, 5/13/1999
Lebanese tourism cultural week in Yemen
Yemeni Minister of Culture and Tourism Abdullah Mansour and the Lebanese ambassador in Sanaa, Hassan Yeru, opened yesterday the first Lebanese week in Yemen that will last until May 19.
Lebanon-Yemen, Culture, 5/13/1999
Egyptian - European official talks
Assistant Foreign Minister for European Affairs Fathi El-Shazeli convened with Carlos Bestrish the secretary general for foreign policy and European security affairs in the Spanish Foreign Ministry who is currently visiting Cairo.
Egypt-Spain, Politics, 5/13/1999
El-Mahdi urges opposition to support discussion with the government
The leader of the Sudanese opposition Ummah Party, former Prime Minister El-Sadek El-Mahdi, delivered the Sudanese opposition leadership a note that covers the reasons that pushed him to meet with the head of the Sudanese Parliament, Hassan El-Turabi, recently in Geneva.
Sudan, Politics, 5/13/1999
Solving problem of visas between Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia
Tunisia, Egypt and Libya have overcome the problems that prevailed during the recent days concerning Tripoli's call for Egyptians and Tunisians who seek to enter Libya to hold entrance visas.
Libya, Politics, 5/13/1999
Iraqi vice president arrives in Vietnam
Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan arrived in Hanoi on Wednesday on a four-day official visit aimed at strengthening relations between Iraq and Vietnam.
Iraq-Vietnam, Politics, 5/13/1999
Israeli army is trained to occupy more Arab lands
An Israeli daily reported yesterday that the Israeli army has established a simulation of an Arab village inside one of its camps with the objective of carrying out training on how to occupy parts of the West Bank.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 5/13/1999
Beirut hosts Arab capital markets conference
Al Hoss added, "Lebanon is determined to develop the Beirut stock exchange market
Regional-Lebanon, Economics, 5/13/1999
Efforts to issue Palestinian currency
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid on Wednesday in Cairo received a message from the Palestinian Authority pertaining to the efforts currently exerted to issue a Palestinian currency.
Palestine, Economics, 5/13/1999
Conditions of the Israeli Arabs
A French daily published a report on Wednesday in which it highlighted the difficult conditions of Israeli Arabs, as a policy of discrimination pursued by the Israeli occupation forces against them.
Israel, Politics, 5/13/1999
Qatar follows up Israeli elections
The representative of the Israeli government in Doha, Sami Raphael, has said that the Qatari authorities follow with great interest the process of the Israeli elections due to take place next Monday.
Qatar-Israel, Politics, 5/13/1999
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Israeli chief of staff Shaoul Mofaz states that Israel's interests call for a withdrawal from the area which he called the security zone in south Lebanon. Mofaz expressed his desire to complete this withdrawal rapidly, but he did not clarify means of achieving it.
Sheikh Sultan Bin Muhammad al-Qasimi, ruler of Sharjah, has appointed a crown prince for Sharja Emirate. United Arab Emirates dailies issued on Wednesday said the new crown prince bears the same name as the ruler, Sultan Bin Muhammad al-Qasimi. He is Sheikh Sultan's relative and the brother of his wife. Sheikh Sultan's eldest son died in London at the beginning of April at 24.
Morocco's carrier "Royal Air Maroc" (RAM) received lately two Boeing 737-700 twinjet planes which are part of the Boeings new generation. The two planes are part of a batch of nine plans Morocco ordered from Boeing company for around $ 360 Mln.
A Kuwaiti airplane carrying humanitarian aid to Iranians injured in an earthquake last Friday in southern Iran arrived in Tehran. The decision to send Kuwaiti supplies to Iran comes in the framework of the Gulf states' endeavor to boost relations with Iran.
Manoel de Almeida e Silva, deputy spokesman for the United Nations secretary general, said yesterday that there are concerns about the distribution of medical supplies in Iraq under the oil-for-food program. He quoted Benon Sevan, the Executive Director of the Office of the Iraq Program, as saying that only 48 percent of the $570 million worth of medical supplies that have been sent to Iraq have been distributed. "The government's warehouses are literally overflowing," Sevan was quoted as saying.
Syrian Information Minister Muhammad Salman on Wednesday in Damascus received the chairman of the permanent committee for the Arab media, Amin Basyouni. Talks dealt with the agenda of the forthcoming meeting of the council of the Arab information ministers due to be held in Cairo next month and topics which are of interest to the Arab media, in general.
Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Baz (90), Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia died early today, the Saudi royal court said, Saudi Press Agency reported.
Morocco and Hungary signed Wednesday in Rabat an accord providing for the consolidation of cooperation in the struggle against organized crime and drug trafficking. The accord -- initialed by Moroccan Interior Minister Driss Basri and his Hungarian conterpart Sandor Pinter-- provides for the exchange of information on criminal groups, drug dealers, illicit arms trafficking, car theft and forgery of bank-notes and bonds.
The association of Moroccan dentists deplored the existence of 6,000 traditional practitioners who perform tooth operations illegally. Moroccan "L'Opinion" daily said citizens can call a toll-free phone number to complain about harms they incurred from the traditional dentists. The association promises to take all actions and pay for the victims' tooth care.
Turkey and Israel are to hold air maneuvers and training in Turkey during the coming days. The Jordanian newspaper al-Dostour said yesterday that several groups of updated F-16 and F-15 planes will take part in these maneuvers.
Israel Radio said the Israeli government decided on Wednesday to receive another 100 Albanians from Kosovo in Israel, at the request of the US. The radio added that the decision of the Israeli government was greatly welcomed by all Israeli ministers, without exception.