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Bahrain's crown prince in Doha to eliminate reasons behind disputes
In a remarkable step, Bahrain's crown prince, who is also the commander general of Bahrain's defence forces, Sheikh Salman Bin Hamad al-Khaleifa, started on Thursday a visit to Qatar, which is his first since he assumed power.
Bahrain-Qatar, Politics, 5/21/1999
Saudi crown prince in South Africa: Gossip tries to partition the Arabs
Crown Prince Abdullah added, addressing the Arab ambassadors, "All your leaders have the Arab and Islamic spirit, we only lack a sort of frankness, openness so as not to have among us any sort of disputes." He proceeded, "There are enemies of the Arab and Islamic nation, who want and seek to create partitions among us by lies and gossiping."
Saudi Arabia-South Africa, Politics, 5/21/1999
Al-Yarmouk dam in Syrian - Jordanian talks
Syrian Prime Minister Mahmoud al-Zou'bi on Thursday received Jordanian Minister of Irrigation Kamel Mahadin and discussed with him joint water projects between the two countries and means of developing and diversifying them.
Syria-Jordan, Economics, 5/21/1999
Algerian, Tunisian, Moroccan leaders exchange messages
Tunisian President Zein El-Abedin Ben Ali received a written message from Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika answering the congratulation message sent by Ben Ali after Bouteflika's victory in Algeria's presidential elections.
Algeria-Tunisia, Politics, 5/21/1999
Importance of opening Arab economies stressed by Moroccan PM at Arab businessmen meeting
Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi called Thursday Arab states to open their economies, intensify inter-Arab trade as a must without which Arab states will remain passive in the globalization era.
Regional-Morocco, Business, 5/21/1999
Agreements signed between Iran and Qatar
Iranian President Mohammad Khatami left Qatar, concluding his tour of three Arab countries after holding talks with the emir of Qatar and the ruling family that tackled supporting bilateral relations and the most important issues in the bilateral arena.
Qatar-Iran, Politics, 5/21/1999
Iranian president completes his Arab tour, returns to Tehran
Iranian President Muhammad Khatami has described the talks he held with President Hafez al-Assad in Damascus which was his first station in his Arab tour as "good and positive."
Regional-Regional, Politics, 5/21/1999
Egypt selected as a member in ANTOR
The Association of National Tourist Offices (ANTOR) decided to choose Egypt as a member of its board of directors, which includes 14 members of the organization which has 95 offices all over the world.
Egypt, Economics, 5/21/1999
Italian Fiat factory in Egypt
The Italian car company, Fiat, signed an agreement with the two Egyptian companies Seoudi Group and Nile Engineering Company on establishing a joint company named Fiat Auto Egypt for producing and importing cars as well as maintaining them.
Egypt-Italy, Business, 5/21/1999
Russia studies resuming weapons exports to Libya
The chairman of the Russian state-run Rosphore and Jenie "establishment for weapons exports" has asserted that his country is preparing to resume military cooperation with Libya.
Libya-Russia, Economics, 5/21/1999
Iraq prepares to deter attempts to topple Saddam Hussein
Iraqi diplomatic sources in Amman have addressed hidden criticism to Jordan and other Arab states due to their stances which were considered by Iraq in line with the US policy which aims at toppling Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's regime.
Iraq, Politics, 5/21/1999
New Egyptian law reduces taxes on nightclubs and entertainment parties
The Egyptian People's Assembly approved yesterday a new law to reduce taxes imposed on the costs of nightclubs, theaters, cinema and opera.
Egypt, Economics, 5/21/1999
Sahara referendum entered final straight, Moroccan minister says
The referendum process in the Sahara has entered the final straight in accordance with the United Nations settlement plan, Moroccan interior minister, Driss Basri, on Wednesday told the house of representatives (lower house of parliament).
Morocco, Politics, 5/21/1999
Bahrain's Delmon civilization
Archaeological excavations in Bahrain have started to unveil gradually the existence of an "unknown" civilization the island of Bahrain witnessed between 2500-1800 BC, which is actually the civilization of Delmon, the very historical name of Bahrain.
Bahrain, Culture, 5/21/1999
Looking for foreign investors to buy Egyptian Railway Equipment Co SEMAF
The Egyptian holding company for material industries is currently searching for foreign investors to buy the Egyptian Railway Equipment Co. (SEMAF) that will be put for sale in the second half of the current year.
Egypt, Business, 5/21/1999
Egyptian - European company for marketing founded
The Egyptian Ministry of Trade has completed the first executive steps for founding an Egyptian - European company for commerce, aimed at merchandising and distributing the Egyptian products in European Union markets.
Egypt-European Union, Economics, 5/21/1999
Establishing an Egyptian - Pakistani business council
The Egyptian - Pakistani committee will discuss in June in Islamabad establishing a joint business council and a holding company that will carry out many investment and industrial projects in the two countries as well as discussing means of developing commercial exchange.
Egypt-Pakistan, Economics, 5/21/1999
Kuwait provides loan for Bahrain for electric grid
The Kuwaiti Fund for Arab Economic Development said it is presenting a loan of 7.5 million Bahraini dinars ($25 million) to develop Bahrain's electricity network.
Bahrain-Kuwait, Economics, 5/21/1999
Tunisian - Kuwaiti project worth $6 million
The Kuwaiti Company El-Mal has decided to invest $6 million in the Tunisian company, Marina Hamamat El-Ganoub.
Tunisia-Kuwait, Business, 5/21/1999
Japanese loans to upgrade Jordan's tourists projects
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) decided to offer a loan to Jordan worth $60 million to finance tourist projects through 2001.
Jordan-Japan, Economics, 5/21/1999
Egypt to host Inter Build '99 in June
Cairo will host from June 26 - 30th the sixth international conference for building and construction, "Inter Build 99," organized by the Arabian Group for Development under the auspices of Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri.
Regional-Egypt, Economics, 5/21/1999
Upgrading Sinai airports with $250 million
Egypt, Economics, 5/21/1999
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Palestinian minister of local government and chief negotiator Saeb Erekat urged the US administration and the European countries to take immediate steps to stop the continuing Israeli settlement works in the Palestinian lands that have increased in last days in Ras al-Amoud and Gabal Abu Ghneim in Jerusalem which he said destroy the peace process.
King Abdullah of Jordan on Wednesday in Washington met with the speaker of the US House of Representatives J. Dennis Hastert, heads of the committee at the council and its leaders which represent the two main parties in the US. The Jordanian King also met with Benjamin Gilman, chairman of the House International Relations Committee and the chairman and members of the US foreign aid committee.
Syrian President Hafez al-Assad received on Thursday at the Damascus al-Rawda presidential palace former Lebanese President Elias Hrawi. Talks dealt with several topics of joint interest between the two states.