Mubarak to Algeria, Morocco today
Regional-Morocco, Politics, 6/12/1999
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is to start his visit today to Algeria, and Morocco.
During his short visit to Algeria, Mubarak is to meet with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, then he is to head to Rabat for an official two-day visit, in which he will head the two states' joint committee along with Morocco's King Hassan II.
In addition, the two leaders are to discuss bilateral relations and the Middle East peace process.
Meanwhile, the Egyptian ambassador in Algeria, Abdel Monem Seoudi, said that Mubarak's visit will mark a new stage in the relations between Algerian and Egypt, adding that a high-powered economic delegation will accompany president Mubarak during his visit.
In Morocco, President Mubarak along with King Hassan will hold discussions tackling an important number of international and Arab issues, as well as means of boosting relations between Egypt and Morocco in all domains.
Political sources in Rabat said the most important issue in the Moroccan - Egyptian summit's discussions is the peace process in Middle East and indications for its progress in the future after the election of Ehud Barak as the new Israeli prime minister.
In this context, the two Arab leaders confirmed the possibility of convening a coordinative meeting for five Arab states: Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine.
The meetings of the third session of Egyptian - Moroccan high joint committee will begin directly following the meeting of Mubarak and King Hassan. It will witnesses the endorsement of ten agreements, cooperation protocols between the two states including an accord in the air transport field and a health cooperation protocol between the two countries' governments.
They will also endorse a cooperation accord in petroleum field, a cooperation accord in field of veterinarian and animal health, a cooperation agreement in field of agricultural quarantine, a scientific and technological field, a memorandum of understanding in the field of administrative development between the two governments, a cooperation accord in field of combating crime, an executive program for cultural, scientific and information cooperation for 2000/2002, and a memorandum of understanding for canceling the need for diplomatic visas.
Map added that the meeting of the Moroccan-Egyptian commission in Morocco will debate a report by the Egyptian-Moroccan Business Council about proposals on setting up joint ventures and upgrading trade volume, which stood at $33 million U.S. in 1998.
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