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Saudi Arabia, Qatar end border disputes
Saudi Arabia-Qatar, Politics, 6/8/1999
GCC chief mediates between UAE and Saudi Arabia
Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary General Jamil al-Hujeilan arrived today in Abu Dhabi coming from Riyadh in a short visit to the United Arab Emirates, his first leg of a tour which will cover the GCC member states.
United Arab Emirates-Gulf, Politics, 6/8/1999
Report: Syrian conditions for resuming negotiations with Israel
A Jordanian weekly has said, quoting European sources, that Damascus has set four conditions to resuming negotiations with Israel, adding that these conditions were told to the European Union Middle East peace process envoy, Miguel Moratinos.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 6/8/1999
Al-Assad receives British envoy
Syrian President Hafez al-Assad on Monday received Lord Michael Levy, member of the British House of Lords, who is also the special envoy and advisor for the British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Syria-UK, Politics, 6/8/1999
Iraq, Middle East peace discussed by Chirac and Qatari crown prince
Qatari Crown Prince Sheikh Jasem Bin Hamad al-Thani held talks on Monday in Paris with French President Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Lionel Jospin.
Qatar-France, Politics, 6/8/1999
Algerian minister of information: Terrorism no longer has a future
In a statement to El-Ahram Egyptian newspaper today, Algerian Minister of Communication, Culture and Government Spokesman Abdelaziz Rahabi said that terrorism has been defeated militarily and does not have a future or form a danger to the state.
Algeria, Politics, 6/8/1999
Disputes in Egyptian opposition parties on reelecting Mubarak
the absence of the Nasserist Party's representative in the parliament, Sameh Ashour, from the session for nominating president Mubarak sparked wide resentment between organizations supporting the party's decision to oppose renewing Mubarak's election.
Egypt, Politics, 6/8/1999
Mubarak confers with UN human rights commissioner
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Monday received UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, in the presence of Egyptian Minister of Insurance and Social Security Mervat Tellawi.
Egypt-UN, Politics, 6/8/1999
Egypt renews support for the Palestinian cause
Egyptian and Palestinian officials concluded yesterday meetings of the joint high committee under the chairmanship of Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa and Palestinian Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Nabil Shaath that followed the meetings of the preparatory committee held from March 14 - 16, 1999.
Egypt-Palestine, Politics, 6/8/1999
Tunis frees al-Marzouki
Tunisia, Politics, 6/8/1999
Iran's strides towards maintaining relations with the Arab states
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi has reiterated the importance of fostering relations between Iran and the Arab and Islamic states. In statements he made in Tehran on Monday, the Iranian foreign minister added that Iran has taken important steps in this regard and that it is ready to develop its relations with the Arab and Islamic states, with no exception.
Iran-Regional, Politics, 6/8/1999
Libyan - British cooperation highlighted
The foreign affairs secretary at the Libyan's people's conference secretariat Abdul Rahman Shalqam on Monday in Tripoli met with Lord Prior, the chairman of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce.
Libya-Sudan-UK, Economics, 6/8/1999
Mubarak refuses regional economic conference before progress in Mideast peace
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said he has refused an initiative by the chairman of the World Economic Forum to establish a Middle East economic conference before achieving a genuine progress in the Middle East peace process.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 6/8/1999
Palestinian official and the Arab five-summit member
Palestinian Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Nabil Shaath said that Syria is not ready yet for a five-member Arab summit meeting, "Therefore works with Syria should take new forms of coordination on the level of the Foreign Ministry or on the level of bilateral relations to reach an Arab summit."
Palestine, Politics, 6/8/1999
On meetings between President al-Assad, Crown Prince Abdullah in Damascus
The Paris-based al-Muharrir News has said that Syrian President Hafez al-Assad and Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz agreed during their talks held last week in Damascus to convene a Syrian, Saudi and Egyptian summit that would prepare for convening a comprehensive Arab summit.
Syria-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 6/8/1999
Gaddafi to visit South Africa next week
Gaddafi will discuss with South African President Nelson Mandela the development of the situation in Africa continent, the current wars on the African continent, as well as the African summit that will be held in Algeria.
Libya-South Africa, Politics, 6/8/1999
US - Middle Eastern five-member summit
Egyptian diplomatic sources indicated that Presidents of Egypt, Jordan, Palestine and Israel will take part in the said summit which will concentrate on drawing a coordination mechanism towards reactivating the Middle East peace process on the Palestinian track.
Egypt-USA, Politics, 6/8/1999
Syrian advantages for Arab foreign investors
A Syrian ministerial committee finished making many adjustments to the investment law in Syria, paving for ratifying it soon.
Syria, Economics, 6/8/1999
War erupts over exports between Egypt and the European Union
A war over exports between Egypt and the European Union has erupted, as Cairo decided to halt imports of chicken and eggs coming from EU countries, aiming at protecting the Egyptian consumer.
Egypt-European Union, Politics, 6/8/1999
Lebanese Premier receives a cable from Iranian FM
Lebanese Premier and Foreign Minister Salim al-Hoss on Monday received a cable from Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi in which he congratulated Lebanon on the victory in liberated the town of Jezzine.
Lebanon-Iran, Politics, 6/8/1999
Report: Further US backing to Iraqi opposition
The paper reported that Washington is now exerting efforts to create contact channels with the Iraqi people, adding that the US support concentrates on developments after the "possible toppling " of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Iraq-Turkey-USA, Politics, 6/8/1999
Judgment on Monday in the case of Montazah palace
The military prosecution demanded hard labor and execution for all suspects members of the Islamic Group after being charged with many offenses, topped by joining a secret military organization that seeks to topple the government by force and making a plan to invade the presidential palace in Alexandria during the summer season and assassinate officials inside.
Egypt, Judicial, 6/8/1999
Matches in round of 16 at World Handball Championships to start tomorrow
The matches in the round of 16 at the World Handball Championships are to begin tomorrow evening in Cairo. The championships, currently underway in Egypt, will last through June 15.
Egypt-International, Sports, 6/8/1999
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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak postponed for health reasons a visit that was to start today to Morocco and Algeria. During the visit was to head the Egyptian delegation to the Egyptian - Moroccan High Joint Commission.
Israeli soldiers destroyed an Arab house in East Jerusalem yesterday, saying that the construction was not licensed and injuring members of the owner's family who tried to intervene, Jordan Times reported
King Abdullah of Jordan and Sultan Qaboos of Oman have confirmed the importance of resuming the Middle East peace process on all tracks from the point they broke off in accordance with the Madrid's terms of reference, on the grounds of which the peace process was launched.
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid will visit Syria on June 26. The visit is scheduled to last for three days, during which the AL chief will hold talks on the current Arab situation, means of reviving Arab solidarity, discussions of the latest developments in relevance to the Middle East peace process and the efforts exerted to resume negotiations from the point where they stopped.
The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have banned imports of foodstuffs from Belgium, especially poultry, meats and eggs of fears of containing chemicals causing cancer. The United Arab Emirates' news agency said the ban is also imposed on livestock fodder imported from Belgium.
Experts from Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are participating in a conference, sponsored by the Marine Emergency Mutual Aid Centre (MEMAC), to create a draft for a system that would enforce standards for ship maintenance and safety to protect the Gulf from pollution caused by sub-standard vessels, Gulf Daily News reported.
The United Arab Emirates' Cabinet yesterday approved a number of measures, including the payment of teachers during the summer holiday, financing for a housing project in Sharjah and a tender for importing electrical equipment, Khaleej Times reported.
Three members of the US congress who are visiting south Sudan stated that the USA must support the rebels in south Sudan under the leadership of John Garang. Senator Sam Brownback, who is leading the US delegation, accused the Sudanese government of targeting civilians and asked it to stop the air raids.
US aircraft flying as part of Operation Northern Watch over the northern Iraqi no-fly zone attacked targets east of Mosul. A statement from Incirlik air base in Turkey said US jets were targeted by Iraqi radar and fired on by Iraqi anti-aircraft artillery. In response, the jets attacked communications facilities that "were used to pass location information on ONW aircraft to Iraqi AAA units," the statement said. It added that the jets left the area safely.
Oman's tender board yesterday awarded tenders valued at 17.512 million Omani riyals, including a three-year, 5.982 million riyal tender to supply food for students at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman Daily Observer reported.
The US ambassador to Kuwait, James Larocco, said the US welcomed Kuwaiti legislation regarding protecting copyrights that will clamp down on pirated goods, Gulf News reported.