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Moussa visits Washington today
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa is heading today to the United States for an official visit to prepare for the visit the visit of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak at the end of current week. Moussa is to visit New York, Chicago and Detroit then Washington, where he will meet with US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Egypt, Politics, 6/19/1999
Arab common market: The state of economic affairs in the Arab states, part 3
Arab economists agree that the Arab states have not succeeded in realizing their economic integration but disagree on the principal reasons for this failure.
Regional, Economics, 6/19/1999
Gaddafi visits Sudan
Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Gaddafi started a visit yesterday to Khartoum.
Libya-Sudan, Politics, 6/19/1999
Iraqi foreign minister to arrive in Cairo
Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Said al-Sahaf is to arrive today in Cairo for a two-day visit, during which he will meet with Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid and other officials.
Iraq-Regional, Politics, 6/19/1999
Iraq rejects British draft resolution to suspend sanctions
Iraq confirmed its refusal of the draft resolution presented to the United Nations Security Council by Britain to suspend sanctions imposed on Iraq.
Iraq, Politics, 6/19/1999
Barak: Syria enjoys a strategic importance, and we have to reach peace with it
Israeli Prime Minister elected Ehud Barak said in statements to the Israeli daily Haartez issued on Friday that "Israel has to exert a greater effort in order to reach a peace agreement with Syria, if a comprehensive end to decades of conflict in the Middle East are to be closed."
Syria, Politics, 6/19/1999
Morocco, France agree to renew cooperation convention
Morocco and France agreed Friday in Rabat to renew and update the cultural, scientific and technical convention sealed between the two countries in 1984.
Morocco-France, Politics, 6/19/1999
Egyptian economic delegation to visit Libya to increase trade
An Egyptian economic delegation under the chairmanship of Minister of Finance Mohie El-Din El-Ghareb is heading today to the Libyan capital, Tripoli, to discuss means of enhancing relations between the two countries in industrial and commercial fields.
Egypt-Libya, Economics, 6/19/1999
French minister of interior visits Algeria to rectify atmosphere
French Minister of Interior Jean-Pierre Chevenement is heading today to Algeria in the first visit of its sort since Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika came to power.
Algeria-France, Politics, 6/19/1999
Libya's first lady visits Chad
Hafia Gaddafi, wife of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi expressed upon her arrival in Chad today her thanks for Chad's support of Libya in resisting international sanctions.
Libya-Chad, Politics, 6/19/1999
Lahoud receives Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi
Lebanese President Emil Lahoud on Friday in Beirut received the Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi who handed him a message from the Iranian President Muhammad Khatami.
Lebanon-Iran, Politics, 6/19/1999
Beirut to host Made in Saudi Arabia fair in September
The centers for developing Saudi exports is organizing in association with the international company for Zahran's fairs a fair for Saudi industries and products "Made in Saudi Arabia" in Beirut from September 15 - 21.
Saudi Arabia-Lebanon, Economics, 6/19/1999
Syrian oil minister: Syria's oil production continues until 2040
Syrian Minister of oil and mineral resources Muhammad Maher Jamal said last Wednesday " We have precise and good studies indicating that oil production in Syria will continue until the year 2040."
Syria, Economics, 6/19/1999
Lebanon minister: 319 Israeli attacks on Lebanon since April
The Lebanese government condemned the continuation of the Israeli occupation of Lebanese territories and the recent attacks launched by Israeli forces against Lebanese civilians.
Lebanon, Politics, 6/19/1999
Egyptian minister of petroleum to visit Turkey tomorrow
Egyptian Minister of Petroleum Hamdi El-Banbi is to arrive in Istanbul tomorrow to participate in the works of an expanded conference hosted by Libya about energy in the Mediterranean Sea, Caspian Sea and the Black Sea.
Egypt-Turkey, Economics, 6/19/1999
Kuwaiti delegation hails Morocco's actions in favor of Arab unity
The visiting Kuwaiti delegation in charge of POWs and missing persons hailed Friday here Morocco's noteworthy actions in favor of Arab causes and unity.
Morocco-Kuwait, Politics, 6/19/1999
Iraq calls on UN to prevent spies from participating in its organizations
Baghdad called on the UN to prevent its organizations and affiliated organizations in Iraq from dealing with US spies and vandals.
Iraq, Politics, 6/19/1999
US ambassador in Cairo: Reducing aid to Egypt forms no problem in relations
The US ambassador in Cairo, Daniel Kurtzer, said in a press conference held yesterday at the inauguration of the Aid to Trade '99 Conference, held under the patronage of the US Agency for International Development, that President Mubarak's expected visit to Washington forms a chance for the restoration of personal meetings between him and US President Bill Clinton after an absence that lasted for a long time.
Egypt-USA, Economics, 6/19/1999
A US work paper and the ME peace negotiations
Syria-Israel, Politics, 6/19/1999
Child labor statistics improve in Morocco
Employed children in Morocco plummeted in 1999 to 1.5% in 1999 against 2.9% in 1987, after Morocco passed a law fixing the legal child labor age to over 18.
Morocco, Economics, 6/19/1999
Qrei asks new Israeli government to stop settlement
Ahmed Qrei, head of the Palestinian Legislative Council, asserted the Palestinian Authority's refusal to get directly involved in negotiations regarding final status with the Israeli side.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 6/19/1999
US first lady winds up visit to Morocco
U.S. first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, left Fez on Friday after a two-day visit to Morocco during which she dedicated a surgery ward at the maternity hospital in Fez (central Morocco) and moderated a roundtable on civil society.
Morocco, Politics, 6/19/1999
Microsoft opens office in Lebanon after intellectual property protection
The celebration coincided with the application of the law for protecting intellectual ownership on June 14 after it was ratified by the Lebanese parliamentary council in late March.
Lebanon, Business, 6/19/1999
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US former secretary of state James Baker met this evening with Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad. Earlier today, Baker said in statements to the press in Damascus following his meeting with Syrian foreign minister Farouk al-Sharaa that there is a "window of opportunity" to achieve peace in the M.E. region. Baker, accompanied by former US ambassador in Damascus, Edward Djerjian, who is also the chairman of the James Baker institute visited the Syrian archaeological city of Palmyra.
Yemeni official sources stated that King Abdullah II of Jordan will pay an official visit to Sanaa on July 2. The sources said, "The Jordanian monarch will discuss with President Ali Abdullah Saleh enhancing the distinguished bilateral relations between Yemen and Jordan and means of developing them in all fields, in addition to consultations regarding Arab and regional causes topped by the Middle East peace process and Arab solidarity."
Egyptian Minister of Public Works and Water Resources Mahmoud Abu Zeid said yesterday at the "Coming Danger, 21st Century" symposium that the Nile basin countries have 1,600 billion cubic meters of water resources available each year, but utilize only 600 billion cubic meters per year. He said that wars will not be fought in the next century over water if water resources are used properly.
US Commerce Secretary William Daley announced yesterday the formation of a U.S. Palestinian Business Advisory Group including 10 Americans and 10 Palestinians, which will be charged with recommending how to promote trade and reduce trade barriers.
A light earthquake measuring 3.4 degrees on the richter scale rocked Friday the Eastern region. Few months ago, similar light quakes were felt in Morocco's north central region and in neighboring Algeria's South-Western zones.
International American Group "AMG" will build five industrial units in Morocco's northern free- trade zone. The units, to be operational next year, will produce power generators, soap-shampooing, sawing tools, garments and paper. The project will create hundreds of job and will contribute to boosting the northern region's socio- economic development process.
Moroccan justice minister Omar Azziman is expected this weekend in Madrid for talks with Spanish peer Ms. Margarita Mariscal De Gante on ways of boosting cooperation ties between the two countries in matters of justice and related sectors.