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Mubarak meets with Bahraini ruler today
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Bahraini Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Issa Bin Salman al-Khaleifa will hold talks today dealing with the situation in the region and the current preparations to convene a pan-Arab summit.
Egypt-Bahrain, Politics, 6/21/1999
Iraqi foreign minister visiting Cairo rejects latest proposals on removing sanctions
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid met on Sunday in Cairo with Iraqi Foreign Minister Muhammad Saeed al-Sahaf, currently visiting Egypt.
Iraq-Regional, Politics, 6/21/1999
Abdul Meguid calls on Qatari efforts to remove misunderstanding between Saudi Arabia and Emirates
Qatar-Regional, Politics, 6/21/1999
Saudi crown prince's statements on relations with the UAE
Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz has asserted his satisfaction over the talks held on Saturday between the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khaleifa al-Thani, and United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed.
Saudi Arabia-United Arab Emirates, Politics, 6/21/1999
GCC planning ministers meet in Abu Dhabi next Wednesday
The ministers of planning and development in the Gulf Cooperation Council states are to hold their eighth meeting in Abu Dhabi next Wednesday.
Gulf, Economics, 6/21/1999
Jordan, Iran stress disputes over Middle East peace, UAE islands
The meeting held on Sunday in Amman between Jordan's King Abdullah and Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi has revealed a new phase in Jordanian- Iranian relations, based on strengthening bilateral economic and political relations and "alienating" points of dispute on regional matters, especially the Middle East peace process and the question of the three United Arab Emirates islands.
Jordan-Iran, Politics, 6/21/1999
Iraqi minister of trade visits Doha
Iraqi Minister of Trade Mohammed Mahdi Saleh is to arrive tomorrow in Doha, coming from Seirra Leone, for a one-day visit, the first for an Iraqi official to Doha.
Qatar-Iraq, Economics, 6/21/1999
Bouteflika receives French minister of interior
French Minister of Interior Jean-Pierre Chevenement said that he conveyed yesterday an oral message from French President Jacques Chirac to his Algerian counterpart, Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Algeria-France, Politics, 6/21/1999
Gaddafi in Sudan calls on opposition to give up partition ideas
Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gaddafi has appealed to the Sudanese government and opposition to unify in order to end the civil war in Sudan.
Libya-Sudan, Politics, 6/21/1999
Contacts to set a date for the Arab summit
Egypt's ambassador to the Arab League, Rojer Hamdi, has asserted that there are tripartite coordination contacts between Egypt, Syria and Saudi Arabia in order to decide on the final date and special arrangements for the possibility of convening a pan-Arab summit that was called for last week by Egypt, Algeria and Morocco.
Regional, Politics, 6/21/1999
Syrian information minister receives UNDP envoy, chief of French radio
Syrian Information Minister Muhammad Salman on Sunday received actress Safeya al-Omari, the UNDP goodwill ambassador in Egypt. Talks dealt with the importance of the regional media symposium currently being held in Damascus.
Syria-Regional, Politics, 6/21/1999
Maghreban states seek to coordinate action to become efficient interlocutor
Moroccan minister of the interior, Driss Basri, who arrived in Algiers on Sunday to take part in the 5th meeting of interior ministers of Western Mediterranean countries, said the meeting provides opportunity to Maghreban states to coordinate actions so that the Maghreb become an efficient interlocutor of other regional groupings.
Maghreb-Morocco, Politics, 6/21/1999
Algiers hosts mome ministers of western mediterranean countries
The home ministers of western Mediterranean countries started the proceedings of their 5th meeting in Algiers this Monday morning, with the participation, for the first time, of Libya.
Algeria-Regional, Politics, 6/21/1999
Moroccan princess chairs charity show for homeless children
Princess Lalla Hasna, the Moroccan king's youngest daughter, chaired here end of last week a charity event held by the Moroccan association of homeless children "SOS Villages" which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Morocco, Culture, 6/21/1999
Message to King Abdullah of Jordan from Khatami
King Abdullah of Jordan on Sunday in Amman received a message from Iranian President Muhammad Khatami pertaining to bilateral relations between the two countries and the desire of the Iranian leadership to strengthen relations with Jordan in the context of fostering Iranian-Arab relations and relations with the Islamic states.
Jordan-Iran, Politics, 6/21/1999
Head of the bureau of the Iranians' interests care: urges on removing between Cairo and Tehran
Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister for Asian Affairs Nagi El-Fetrifi convened with Akbar Ali Kasemy, head of the Iranian interest bureau in Cairo.
Egypt-Iran, Politics, 6/21/1999
Egypt seeks stronger trade with the USA
Egyptian Minister of Trade and Supply Ahmed Goweili, who will visit the United States on Wednesday as part of an economic delegation preparing for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's visit to the US, said the economic portion of President Mubarak's US agenda will focus on promoting bilateral economic, investment and trade ties.
Egypt-USA, Economics, 6/21/1999
Syrian-Israeli negotiations to resume by the end of this summer
Arab diplomatic sources told the London-based al-Hayat daily that US Undersecretary of State for Middle East Affairs Martin Indyk will be the US official to supervise Syrian - Israeli negotiations when they are resumed by the end of this month.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 6/21/1999
Morocco, Italy sign implementation protocol for readmission of illegal emigrants
Morocco and Italy signed in Rome at the end of last week the implementation protocol of an agreement signed in July 1998 related to the readmission of illegal emigrants from both countries and to the situation and living and work conditions of expatriates.
Morocco-Italy, Politics, 6/21/1999
G-8 leaders call on Israel to resume peace talks on the Syrian-Lebanese track
The leaders of the US, Canada, Japan, Germany, France, Britain, Italy, and Russia, said in a statement at the conclusion of their summit that honoring the rights of all sides concerned is but decisive element in finding a peaceful solution that avails the Palestinians to live as free people on their own territories.
Regional-International, Politics, 6/21/1999
Final warning to evacuate offices of Israeli trade mission in Doha
A Qatari court on Sunday rewarned the Israeli trade mission in Doha to evacuate its offices on a date no later than June 27, otherwise these offices will be evacuated by means of force.
Qatar-Israel, Politics, 6/21/1999
11th international conference for Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs to start tomorrow in Cairo
Works of the 11th international conference of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs are to start tomorrow under the title, "Toward a civilizational project for the Islamic world's renaissance."
Regional, Religion, 6/21/1999
Palestinian government refuses to jump to final status negotiations
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said it is early now to talk about a summit comprising Israeli Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak, Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and US President Bill Clinton.
Palestine, Politics, 6/21/1999
Saddam Hussein: Iraq will not be fragmented
Iraq, Politics, 6/21/1999
Report: Iraq refuses to discuss Lebanese prisoners file
A French news bulletin said that Baghdad still refuses to release 16 prisoners who are members of the Lebanese Hizbullah Party, including six men of religion, despite the intervention of the Lebanese official authorities to win their release.
Lebanon-Iraq, Politics, 6/21/1999
Palestinian government asks US to lift restrictions on the its office in Washington
The Palestinian Authority asked the U.S administration yesterday to lift the restrictions still imposed on the bureau of the Palestinian Liberation Organization in Washington to enhance American - Palestinian bilateral relations.
Palestine-USA, Politics, 6/21/1999
US ambassador in Cairo: Washington will increase efforts to forward Middle East peace process
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid and the U.S ambassador in Cairo, Daniel Kurtzer, discussed the current efforts to forward the peace process.
Regional-USA, Politics, 6/21/1999
Jordanian students expelled from Baghdad
The Jordanian ambassador in Baghdad, Hammoud al-Qatarenah, announced on Sunday that the Iraqi authorities expelled some 55 Jordanian students who were studying in Iraqi universities after it was proven there were false documents in their papers submitted when they were enrolled in these universities.
Jordan-Iraq, Politics, 6/21/1999
Eritrea: We have not occupied Ethiopian territories
The Eritrean Foreign Ministry said that a letter from the Eritrean government to the Organization of African Unity's chairman asserted that Eritrea has not occupied Ethiopian territories.
Eritrea-Ethiopia, Politics, 6/21/1999
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Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa left Damascus on Sunday heading for Canada on a three-day official visit at the invitation of Canadian Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy. Al-Sharaa's schedule includes talks between the two sides under the chairmanship of the two foreign ministers. Al-Sharaa will also meet with Canada's prime minister and several members of the Canadian parliament. During his visit al-Sharaa will open the new Syrian embassy in Canada and meet with the Syrian community in Canada.
Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz on Sunday in Riyadh had a telephone conversation with United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan. During the conversation friendly talks were exchanged. The two men discussed "the distinguished" relations between Saudi Arabia and the UAE and means of consolidating them.
President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen has announced that Yemen will not agree to allow a military presence of any international force on its islands and territorial waters. Upon opening an international airport at Suqatri, the Yemeni president said this airport will end the isolation of the island and link it to all parts of Yemen.
Speaker of the Syrian People's Assembly (parliament) Abdul Qader Qaddoura met on Sunday in Damascus with the secretary of the people's general conference in Libya, al-Zanati Amin. Talks dealt with parliamentary relations between the Syrian PA and the Libyan People's General Conference and means of strengthening and developing them.
The Algerian daily al-Youm issued on Sunday said that the Armed Islamic Group killed three members of the civil guards in Mashdal district in Bouira province. Meantime, the Algerian daily al-Aseel said that 14 gunmen surrendered themselves to the Algerian security forces in Saida province.
Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz on Saturday night received a telephone call from the ruler of Bahrain, Sheikh Hamad Bin Issa al-Khalelfa. Talks covered bilateral relations and developments in the Arab, Islamic and international arenas.
King Abdullah Ibn Al-Hussein of Jordan will visit Morocco early July, Moroccan Al-Ittihad Al-Ichtiraki daily reported on Monday. The Jordanian king will visit Morocco part of a tour that will also lead him to Yemen, Sudan and Mauritania, the daily said, quoting Jordanian information minister, Nacer Louzi.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met yesterday with Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek. Their discussions focused on the Middle East peace process and Kosovo. Meanwhile, Egyptian Minister of Trade and Supply Ahmed Goweili announced that Egypt and Slovenia had signed a series of agreements to carry out joint industrial projects. "Discussions are under way to regulate links between the two countries' banks and ports," Goweili added.
Morocco has granted $ 50,000 worth of food assistance to Kosovo refugees in Albania, according to the World Food Program (WFP). The Rome-based U.N. agency said Monday the donation is the first granted by a country from the Middle East and North Africa to Kosovo refugees via the WFP. Moroccan ambassador in Rome, Zine-El-Abidine Sebti, travelled this Monday to Albania to hand over the Moroccan aid.
On Saturday Algerian President Abdul Aziz Bouteflika extended invitations to four former African presidents to attend the African summit due to be held in the middle of July in Algiers as guests of honor as they were among the co-founders of the Organization of African Unity. Those Presidents are Ahmad Bin Bella (Algeria), Nelson Mandela (South Africa), Yulus Neireiri (Tanzania), and Sedar Sengore ( Senegal). Well-informed sources in Algiers did not rule out that Bouteflika will invest these former presidents with the Algerian national order of merit.
Moroccan Prime Minister, Abderrahmane Youssoufi, underwent a neurological surgery on Sunday, medical sources at the Rabat Ibn Sina hospital said adding the operation was successful, MAP reported. Youssoufi, who is leading a center-left coalition government appointed last year, was admitted to the hospital after a mild neurological ailment. Doctors at the Rabat hospital said after tests revealed a hematoma, and the operation was conducted to drain a blood gathering.
Iraqi sources stated that there is an increase in the number of Iraqi youths who refrain from marriage because of the economic conditions resulting from the international sanctions. The sources said the youths, whose age varies between 18 and 40, refrained of marriage because they consider it a luxury. The sources said "Women are more affected then men regarding the change that came with the international sanctions." Sources also referred to the increase of divorce and in marriage advertisements in Iraqi newspapers.
US jets patrolling the northern Iraq no-fly zone as part of Operation Northern Watch launched a missile against an Iraqi surface-to-air missile radar site east of Mosul today, a statement from the United States European Command said, adding that the attack came in response after Iraqi radar targeted ONW aircraft and Iraqi anti-aircraft artillery fired on the aircraft.
UNICEF said that more than 120,000 thousand children less then 18 years old are participating in armed clashes. The organization said there are 40 million children in the African continent do not go to school, that school is a strange world for them, and that those who go to school feel frustrated by the long distances they have to walk to reach their schools, in addition to the adequacy of study methods to African situations and goals.
The Japanese government granted a Moroccan handicapped children association "Ibn Al Baitar" $ 40,263 to rehabilitate its premisses. A statement of the Japanese embassy in Rabat says the grant will also serve to buy 35 wheelchairs and 12 pairs of crutches for needy handicapped children.