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Egyptian diplomatic delegation heads to Khartoum
An Egyptian delegation under the chairmanship of Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister Foad Yousef arrived in Khartoum yesterday to discuss the delivery of Egyptian establishments that are to be given back by Sudan in a step toward rectifying the atmospheres between the two countries.
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 5/22/1999
After an absence of 14 years Nimeiri is back in Sudan today
Within the framework of large official and public events, former Sudanese President Jafar Nimeiri returns to his country today after an absence of 14 years, which he spent in Egypt, after he was overthrown in 1985.
Sudan, Politics, 5/22/1999
Sudanese foreign minister confers with Moussa
Sudanese Foreign Minister Mostafa Othman Ismael arrived at Cairo today at the beginning of an Arab - European tour, where he held with his Egyptian counterpart, Amr Moussa, a meeting concerning the normalization of relations between the two countries.
Sudan-Egypt, Politics, 5/22/1999
Special: Syria's economic system
Syria's economic system and inward-oriented development strategy has not helped its economic integration objectives.
Syria, Economics, 5/22/1999
Three economic agreements signed between Syria and Jordan
Syria and Jordan signed yesterday three agreements to enhance cooperation between the two countries in the fields of agriculture, electricity and mineral wealth.
Syria-Jordan, Politics, 5/22/1999
UAE concern over misunderstanding by Iran; relations with Iraq
United Arab Emirates Minister of Information and Culture Abdullah Bin Zayed al-Nahyan in statements to the Kuwaiti News Agency expressed no concern over the improving ties between Iran and the Gulf states in light of the continuing occupation by Iran of three Islands in dispute between the two countries, but expressed concern that Iran may misunderstand the Gulf states’ position.
United Arab Emirates-Iran, Politics, 5/22/1999
Palestinian - Syrian summit to be held in Damascus in two weeks
Palestine-Syria, Politics, 5/22/1999
On resuming Syrian-Israeli peace negotiations
Sources close to the decision taking circles in Damascus said that the Syrian President Hafez al-Assad may, in a short period of time, assign a new official post to former Syrian army chief of staff Lt. Gen. Hikmat al-Shehabi who has been retired by the beginning of this year because he reached the retirement age.
Syria, Politics, 5/22/1999
Al-Hoss heads to Kuwait and meets with Kuwait's emir
Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss arrived in Kuwait today at the invitation of Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah al-Sabah in a visit during which he will meet with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Jabir al-Ahmad al-Sabah.
Lebanon-Kuwait, Politics, 5/22/1999
Kuwait refuses to take part in the Arab sport tournament
Kuwait has reiterated its rejection to take part in the 9th Arab sport games which Jordan will host on June 12 through 31.
Kuwait-Iraq, Politics, 5/22/1999
Moussa receives Yemeni ambassador to Cairo
Following the meeting, the Yemeni official said he delivered a communique to Moussa from Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Abdul Qader Bajmal concerning means of upgrading the relations between the two countries.
Egypt-Yemen, Politics, 5/22/1999
UN Security Council extends oil-for-food program
The United Nations Security Council has extended the current phase of the oil-for-food program with Iraq for 180 days, during which Iraq will be able to sell up to $5.26 billion total for the current phase of petroleum and petroleum products.
Iraq-UN, Politics, 5/22/1999
Algerian ambassador in Cairo confirms Arab leadership's concern with the return of occupied territories
The Algerian ambassador in Cairo, Mostafa El-Sherif, stated that the Arabs are committed to peace as a strategic choice, especially since the most recent Arab summit that was held in Cairo, in which the Arab leaders confirmed their concern with achieving just and comprehensive peace in the region.
Algeria-Regional, Politics, 5/22/1999
Egyptian human rights group fears new law as aimed against it
The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights held a press conference today, in which it announced its opposition to the new "law of assembly" that was presented to the Egyptian People's Assembly (parliament) by the government last week and which is expected to be ratified on Tuesday.
Egypt, Politics, 5/22/1999
Rubin: US invited Iraqi opposition
US State Department Spokesman James Rubin said yesterday that a delegation of the Iraqi National Congress interim leadership has been invited to visit the United States to "exchange views on how to relieve the suffering of the Iraqi people by promoting the transition to a democratic and pluralistic Iraq at peace with itself and its neighbors."
Iraq-USA, Politics, 5/22/1999
Spanish crown prince to chair conference for Spanish businessmen at Sharm
Spanish Crown Prince Philip is due to chair a large economic conference for Spanish businessmen that is to be convened in autumn in Egypt to discuss the establishment of high-tech multi-part projects investment in which Spain participates with Egypt, countries from Latin America and Arab countries. It will also discuss developing trade movement.
Regional-Spain, Economics, 5/22/1999
Head of Lebanese parliament to visit Tunisia
Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri will head to Tunisia on June 8 on an official visit, during which he will hold talks with high-ranking Tunisian officials.
Lebanon-Tunisia, Politics, 5/22/1999
Morocco and Spain set up joint commission on immigration
Morocco and Spain decided to set up a joint commission that will handle all immigration-related issues.
Morocco-Spain, Culture, 5/22/1999
Morocco joins world meteorological organization executive council
Morocco will represent north Africa in the council of the United Nations' specialized agency in weather, climate, water and atmosphere.
Morocco-Regional, Environment, 5/22/1999
Palestinian demands are stopping the settlement operation
The Palestinian leadership called today on Israel to stop its settlement operations started during the election campaign in Israel in the last month that included Ras al-Amoud, Gebel Abu Ghneim, Jerusalem and Nablus.
Palestine, Politics, 5/22/1999
An emergency meeting for OIC foreign ministers to discuss Kosovo impasse
Egypt stated its approval for the Turkish government attending an emergency meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Conference's foreign ministers, for which Ankara has called.
Regional-Turkey-Yugoslavia, Politics, 5/22/1999
Seminar to discuss effects of globalization on industry in Africa
A seminar regarding African industry and the effect of globalization on it will be convened in Cairo on Monday on the margins of the annual meeting of the African Development Bank.
Regional-Africa, Economics, 5/22/1999
Village tales: My old neighbor Grace
It was to be like most summer days in this small Lebanese village where the farmers and laborers rose early to tend to the fields. Some used tractors for transport and others used donkeys and others used their feet as the walk from their houses to the fields was not that long.
Regional, Essay, 5/22/1999
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A fact-finding committee affiliated to the United Nations which is currently visiting Syria visited the liberated areas of the Syrian occupied Golan Heights with Walid El-Boz, governor of the Syrian governrate of Qunaytirah, the capital of the Golan. El-Boz delivered the committee a report supported by facts and events that clarify the occupation policy and its practices against the Syrian citizens, including suppression, state terrorism, unjust detentions, imposing obligatory residency, settlement expansion.
Israeli reserve Maj. Moshe Beleid, the former official responsible for the military activities in South Lebanon, as a military commander for the northern area said that the "Israeli army can evacuate South Lebanon within one year. Beleid who took part in the election campaign for Barak said in an interview with the Israeli army radio today that "withdrawing our soldiers from Lebanon can be made as pledged by the elected prime Minister Ehud Barak."
French Minister of Foreign Affairs Hubert Vedrine submitted a bill this week that would authorize approval of an agreement between France and the Arab League on establishing an office for the AL in Paris.
Moroccan Minister of Transport and Merchant Navy Mustafa Mansouri has called in Warsaw, where European transports ministers are meeting, on European countries to enforce soft visa procedures for Moroccan truck drivers.
A can was exploded in Sidon on Friday in a "Range Rover" car belonging to the official in the Fatah movement known as Jamal Abu Deib. The explosion resulted in wounding him seriously and the car was burnt completely. Abu Deib was admitted to Hammoud hospital in Sidon for treatment. The Lebanese Security forces arrived at the site of the explosion and started investigations. This incident, however, comes just two days following the assassination of the Palestinian official in Fatah Amin Kayed and his wife of Syroup -Villat highway in Sidon district.
Morocco and Latvia signed a cooperation agreement in the field of air transports. Moroccan transport minister, Mostafa Mansouri, said the agreement will allow the business operators of the two countries to better know each other and give impetus to bilateral trade.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak today approved the construction of the Iron and Steel Complex project in Aswan, which will be undertaken by four international companies specializing in the iron and steel industry and which has 3.2 billion Egyptian pounds in investments. The project is expected to create 17,000 jobs.
The production of Egyptian petroleum amounted during the first quarter of the current year to 9.886 million tons in comparison to 9.997 million tons during the same period of last year, while the production of natural gas and its derivatives amounted to 3.326 million tons in comparison to 3.315 million tons during the first quarter of last year.
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan recommended a six-month extension of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which monitors the cease-fire between Syria and Israel. The extension of the program, due to expire on May 31, will last until November 30.