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Al-Assad concludes talks with Saudi crown prince
Crown Prince Abdullah said "we are in a world abundant with changes, conflicts and major blocs, where there is no place for the weak ... Regrettably we are a nation that lives on the margin of such a world, a situation which displeases the friend and satisfies the foe, due to our lack of confidence, frankness and credibility."
Syria-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 6/4/1999
Gabonese president calls for direct trade with Morocco
President Haj Omar Bongo of Gabon said "It is aberrant that (Moroccan) products, such as oranges, tangerines, sardines and shirts transit by other countries before entering Gabon bearing other brands," Haj Omar Bongo said at a meeting in Libreville with Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi.
Morocco-Gabon, Politics, 6/4/1999
A message from Chirac to Gaddafi to resume, develop relations
For the first time since several years, the French President Jacques Chirac sent a message to his Libyan counterpart Moammar Gaddafi in which he expressed France's readiness to rebuild relations with Libya on line with "an open and constructive mind."
Libya-France, Politics, 6/4/1999
Tunisia, Morocco sign administrative cooperation accord
Tunisia and Morocco concluded in Tunis on Thursday an accord providing for enhanced cooperation in all administration-related sectors.
Tunisia-Morocco, Politics, 6/4/1999
UN gears up for Geneva Convention meeting in July
Al-Kidwa also stated the Palestinian position toward holding a conference of the Fourth Geneva Convention this summer, saying the Palestinians believe that it has been decided to hold such a meeting and that its date, July 15, had already been decided. He added that the Palestinians would not accept turning this conference into an informal meeting.
Palestine-UN, Politics, 6/4/1999
Drought in Jordan the worst in decades
United Nations said on Thursday that the drought Jordan undergoes is the worst in decades. In a joint statement the UN World Food Program and Food and Agriculture Organization, which take Rome as their headquarters, said that droughts in Jordan resulted in the deteriorating yields in wheat and other crops and pushed weak farmers into financial problems.
Jordan, Economics, 6/4/1999
Khartoum accuses Eritrea of launching attacks on its borders
The Sudanese government on Thursday accused Eritrea of continuing launching of attacks on the Sudanese borders, despite the reconciliation agreement reached by the two countries in Qatar in May.
Sudan-Eritrea, Politics, 6/4/1999
Lahoud: We will not accept arrangements that give assurances to occupation
The Israeli-allied South Lebanon Army militia has completed its withdrawal from the Jezzine district, at a time when the Lebanese resistance has announced that it had carried out some 192 operations during May against Israeli and SLA positions and patrols.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 6/4/1999
$10 billion in new Egyptian and British projects
The Egyptian side in the Egyptian - British business council is getting ready to offer new investment projects worth $10 billion during the council's meetings, which will begin on Monday in Cairo and last for two days.
Egypt-UK, Economics, 6/4/1999
People of Jezzine are pleased with al-Sharaa's assurances
Former Lebanese parliament member for Jezzine district Edmond Rizq has said in a statement to Monte Carlo radio's correspondent in Beirut that statements made by Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa in Lebanon on Tuesday concerning Jezzine indicate positive signals that pleased the people of the town in that there will be no complexities in the situation of their district.
Lebanon-Syria-USA, Politics, 6/4/1999
The Israelis and negotiations with Syria
Israeli Radio on Wednesday quoted the Israeli daily Haartez as saying that outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is ending his term of office as a prime minister, has recommended that Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak pursue and follow up a tough and firm policy towards Palestinian President Yaaser Arafat and Syrian President Hafez al-Assad.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 6/4/1999
New U.N. Sahara envoy meets Moroccan officials
New Special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Sahara, William Eagleton, conferred on Thursday in Rabat with Moroccan Minister of the Interior Driss Basri on the ongoing preparations for holding a self-determination referendum in the Sahara.
Morocco, Politics, 6/4/1999
King Abdullah meets with Jewish delegation
Jordan's King Abdullah Bin Hussein has expressed during his meeting in Paris on Wednesday with a delegation representing the representative council of the Jewish groups in France, led by Henry Hagenburg "complete confidence" in the Israeli Prime Minister -Elect Ehud Barak.
Jordan-France, Politics, 6/4/1999
Oil production starts in al-Qarna field, southern Iraq
Oil production started on Thursday at the al-Qarna oil field in southern Iraq after it had been suspended since 1990.
Iraq, Economics, 6/4/1999
Morocco, Egypt set up $ 100 million construction firm
Several enterprises, including banks, will participate in the capital of the firm, which amounts to $ 100 million.
Morocco-Egypt, Economics, 6/4/1999
2.4 billion dirhams in Abu Dhabi foreign trade
The monthly news issued by the customs department of Abu Dhabi stated that the non-petroleum foreign trade volume of Abu Dhabi reached nearly 2.4 billion dirhams during last April
United Arab Emirates, Economics, 6/4/1999
French tourist project in Sharm
Egyptian Minister of Tourism Mamdouh El-Beltagi witnessed this week the celebration of endorsing a participation contract between Egypt's Company for Hotels and the French Accor Company to manage and staff the tourist project affiliated to Egypt's Company for Hotels at Sharm.
Egypt-France, Business, 6/4/1999
Symposium in Athens to discuss investment in Egypt
Egypt-Greece, Economics, 6/4/1999
Berlin organizes Arab - German economic forum
The German capital, Berlin, is due to host the Arab - German economic forum on June 24 - 25, regulated by the Arab - German trade chamber for the second time consecutively.
Regional-Germany, Economics, 6/4/1999
Special: Oil and the Syrian economy
One alarming point in the Syrian economy is the higher share of oil and raw materials in the composition of Syrian exports, notwithstanding the advantages available for Syrian industrial commodities to enter European markets under the trade agreement signed in 1977 from which Syria has not as yet benefited, nor from the advantages made available under the generalized system of preferences.
Syria, Economics, 6/4/1999
Half a billion pounds in capital for new Egyptian textiles company
The first investment Company in the Suez Gulf, Oriental For Development, was established to works in the fabric and textile field. The company's capital is half a billion pounds, said Abd El-Hakim Hajaj, head of the holding company for textiles.
Egypt, Business, 6/4/1999
Tunis development bank issues $42 million in bonds
The Economic Development bBnk of Tunisia announced the release of due bonds after ten years that will be valued at 50 million Tunisian dinars ($42 million).
Tunisia, Economics, 6/4/1999
Ministerial conference adopts draft terrorism control convention in Algiers
An African draft convention on struggle against terrorism was adopted in Algiers on Thursday by participants in a ministerial conference of the Organization of African Unity (OAU).
Regional-Algeria, Politics, 6/4/1999
Europe follows closely progress of justice in Morocco
Spanish Ombudsman, Fernando Alvarez de Miranda, said Thursday here that "Europe follows with great interest the reforms ushered in by Morocco in the field of Justice." At a meeting with Moroccan minister of Justice Omar Azziman, De Miranda hailed the sustained efforts made by Morocco to consolidate the rule of law and enhance democracy.
Morocco, Judicial, 6/4/1999
$150 million in new business among the Egyptian and Czech businessmen
The Egyptian Businessmen's Association and the commercial representative body agreed on implementing an equal transaction among Egyptian and Czech businessmen worth $150 million for the two sides.
Egypt-Czech Republic, Economics, 6/4/1999
UNDOF celebrates its 25th year in the Golan
The UN Disengagement Forces Observers Forces in the Golan UNDOF on Thursday held a reception in its camps in Nabaa al-Fawar in the Golan on the occasion of 25 years of its presence in the region.
Syria-UN, Military, 6/4/1999
A new Saudi fund for investment
Saudi Arabia, Business, 6/4/1999
Somalis accuse Ethiopia of plundering food warehouses
The spokesman for the Somali National Front Muhammad Ibrahim Jame' haul told the press in Makadishu on Thursday that the Ethiopian forces had plundered foodstuffs warehouses in the city of Balad Haou, adjacent to the Somali-Kenyan borders.
Somalia-Ethiopia, Politics, 6/4/1999
Six offers for purchasing Arab - African Bank of Egypt
Six financial corporations presented offers to purchase the shares of the Arab - African Bank of Egypt
Egypt, Business, 6/4/1999
Fair for Turkish products to be held in Bahrain during September
The trade and industry chamber of Istanbul will regulate a fair for Turkish exports in Bahrain on September 21 - 26 in the International Gulf Center for Conferences under the patronage of Bahraini Minister of Trade Ali Saleh El-Saleh.
Bahrain-Turkey, Economics, 6/4/1999
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Following his visit to Damascus, Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz arrived for a 24-hour visit in Amman, where he was welcomed at the airport by King Abdullah Bin Hussein. A Jordanian official source said the two leaders will hold talks on bilateral relations and means of adopting a united Arab position concerning the Middle East peace process following the Israeli elections.
Mahmud Abd El-Aziz, the head of the Egyptian bank union's and member of the board of directors of the Egyptian National Bank, opposed the idea of increasing the number of banks in Egypt, saying that the banking sector, comprised of 64 banks fulfills all Egyptian banking needs. Abd El-Aziz told ArabicNews.com yesterday, "The goal is not increasing the banks' number, but the safety of these banks," referring to the importance of decreasing the number of banks and taking serious steps toward combining some of Egypt's small and medium-sized banks into large entities.
The Arab Organization for Industrial Development has begun executive steps to establish an Arab union for medium and small industries, regarding the role played by these industries in Arab economy. The organization's secretary general Talat Ben Zafer told ArabicNews.com that small industries topped the discussions of the Arab organization's eighth conference, held in Damascus last year, where they reached to the recommendation that calls for the founding of the union and establishing the first Arab gathering for small and medium industries organized by the organization in Cairo at the end of last year.
Imam al-Azhar Sheikh Muhammad Sayed Tantawi and the patriarch of the Orthodox church in Egypt Shenouda III have reiterated their support and their congratulations to the formal approval made by the Egyptian Parliament of the nomination President Hosni Mubarak for a fourth six-year constitutional term. Shenouda said President Mubarak is a man who loves honesty,"adding "national unity between Muslims and Copts is not born today or yesterday. It is rather a solid base since they have lived together all over 14 centuries."
Kuwait on Tuesday opened a telephone line with the Palestinian self-rule areas via Jordan. The Kuwaiti daily al-Qabas said on Wednesday that this measure has come in implementation of the decision taken by the Kuwaiti minister of communications in mid-May.
The French daily Liberation has described King Abdullah Bin al-Hussein of Jordan, who recently visited Paris, as "Charm of the Middle East." The paper was quoted by Monte Carlo radio on Wednesday as saying, "The young king has stamped his policy with Arab traits. He mended his relations with Saudi Arabia and eliminated the freeze between Syria and Jordan and took his country out of its Arab isolation." Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the French Foreign Ministry said yesterday that King Abdullah's talks with French President Jacques Chirac dealt with the Middle East peace process, Iraq, Kosovo, and the Jordanian economy.
Syrian deputy commander in chief, deputy premier, and defense minister, Lt General Mustafa Tlass on Thursday met with the delegation representing the Pakistani National Defense Academy, led by director Muhammad Saeed Sharif. Talks dealt with friendship and cooperation relations between the armies of the two countries and means of supporting them in the interests of Syria and Pakistan.
Egyptian Minister of Tourism Mamdouh El-Beltagi said Egypt will organize for the first time an international tourism stock market, which is an exhibition for Mediterranean tourism which will be held at the Cairo International Conference Center in the first week of March, 2000.
Mayor of the Iraqi Capital city of Baghdad, Kacem Jassem Aouad, arrived on Thursday here for a work visit to Morocco. Jassem Aouad told the press upon arrival that his visit is part of the exchange of expertise between the city council of Baghdad and the Urban community of Rabat.
Moroccan communication minister, Larbi Messari, has represented King Hassan II in the swearing-in ceremony of the new El-Salvador president, Francisco Guillermo Flores Perez.
A Euro-Mediterranean conference on renewable energies is currently held in Tunis with the participation of experts from 30 countries. The conference, also attended by delegates of the world solar commission, the European commission and the U.N development program, is debating policies to promote renewable energies and consequently save energy and encourage the use of renewable energies in industry, rural development and water desalination.
The Human rights organization in Bahrain has called on the ruler of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad Bin Issa al-Khaleifa to release all political prisoners in the country, to stop torture and not to expel the opposition members. The organization's secretary general Abdul Hadi al-Khawaja called in a message he sent to the ruler of Bahrain for "releasing non-sentenced prisoners especially those under 18; those who were tried before the state's security court or to try them within the international conditions for just trials and under the supervision of human rights organizations."
Morocco decided Thursday to suspend all imports of Belgian poultry products after the discovery of the cancer-causing chemical dioxin in animal feed. Moroccan health authorities said that they made the decision to protect the consumers and that all European poultry products, feed and derivatives will be submitted to tight control measures.Following the outbreak of dioxin-contaminated chicken scandal, several countries around the world including those of the European union started to withdraw Belgian chickens, eggs, porks... from their markets.
An agreement for cooperation was endorsed yesterday, at Abu Dhabi, between the latter and Queensland province in Australia. The agreement aims at upgrading the volume of economic exchange between the two parties through upgrading fields including agriculture, manufacturing food stuffs, tourist services, communications and transport, trade, industry, investment, education, services and transporting information technology.