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Mubarak, Bahraini ruler agree on Iraq's participation in an Arab summit
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Bahraini Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Issa convened a concluding session today in Cairo, during which they tackled the situation in the Arab states and in the Middle East and current communications for convening a comprehensive Arab summit.
Egypt-Bahrain, Politics, 6/22/1999
Algeria: Conflicts with any Arab state do not serve us
The Algerian interior minister and his Moroccan counterpart together said at the conclusion of the West Mediterranean forum for interior ministers held in Algiers that they desire improved bilateral relations from their governments.
Algeria-Morocco, Politics, 6/22/1999
Yemeni presidential elections planned for September 28
Presidential elections in Yemen will be held on September 28, before the end of the current term of President Ali Abdullah Saleh on October 5.
Yemen, Politics, 6/22/1999
Egypt, Sudan to raise level of diplomatic representation
Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Othman Ismael said on Monday that the coming phase will witness raising of the diplomatic representation between Sudan and Egypt. He added that issues suspended between the two countries are currently "witnessing a great move, especially the security and economic files."
Sudan-Egypt, Politics, 6/22/1999
King Fahd backs all efforts for Gulf solidarity
King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia has asserted the support of the kingdom's leadership, government and people to all sincere work and efforts that would increase amity and closer ties between the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, in reference to the efforts made by Qatar to eliminate the exchanged misunderstanding between the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia-Gulf, Politics, 6/22/1999
Syrian official: We want Barak's reply, if he adopts Rabin's policy, or not
A high-ranking Syrian source told the Lebanese al-Nahar daily on Monday that Lebanon and the Lebanese national resistance has succeeded in dismantling the "Jezzine trap" and converting it into a victory.
Syria, Politics, 6/22/1999
Arab Israeli Knesset member Azmi Bishara injured
Azmi Bishara, an Arab member of the Israeli Knesset, was injured when members of the Israeli police shot him with rubber bullets during an Arab demonstration near Tel Aviv.
Israel, Local, 6/22/1999
Partnership agreement signed between EU, Egypt
The foreign ministers of the European Union on Monday in Luxembourg signed the text of a partnership agreement between the EU and Egypt with the objective of strengthening trade and political cooperation between the two sides.
Egypt-European Union, Politics, 6/22/1999
European Union voices full support to UN settlement plan in the Sahara
The European Union expressed on Monday full support for the UN settlement plan on the Sahara providing for a free, fair and neutral referendum.
Morocco-European Union, Politics, 6/22/1999
Bahraini FM supports the convening of Arab summit
Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Muhammad Bin Mubarak has voiced his country's support for the call advocated by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and King Hassan II of Morocco to convene a pan-Arab summit, but under the conditions that such a summit would be preceded by good preparations to reach results strengthening Arab solidarity and attaining the national interests of the Arab states.
Bahrain-Regional, Politics, 6/22/1999
780 million Egyptian pounds for four Egyptian - British agriculture projects
Businessmen in Egypt and the U.K. agreed to establish four joint investment projects in agriculture at a cost of 780 million Egyptian pounds.
Egypt-UK, Economics, 6/22/1999
Western sources comment on Baker's visit to Damascus
A Lebanese daily on Monday reported that Western sources in Damascus said that former US Secretary of State James Baker and former US ambassador to Damascus Edward Djerjian, who had met with President Hafez al-Assad, are "making personal efforts for mediation between Syria and Israel."
Syria-USA, Politics, 6/22/1999
Head of Sudanese opposition party in Cairo tomorrow
Head of the Sudanese opposition Democratic Unionist Party, Mohammed El-Merghany, is to arrive tomorrow in Cairo, coming from Jeddah, to meet with the Egyptian leadership to inform them on the results of the opposition's Asmara meetings.
Sudan, Politics, 6/22/1999
Russia has unbiased stand on Sahara issue
Russia's ambassador to Morocco, Kolotoucha Vassili Ivanovich, said his country has a serene and unbiased vision and is not impassioned by the Sahara issue.
Morocco, Politics, 6/22/1999
Arab League chief informs Kuwaiti envoy on talks with Iraqi FM
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid on Monday briefed Kuwait's permanent representative at the AL, Abdul Al al-Qena', on the results of talks he held with Iraqi Foreign Minister Muhammad Saeed al-Sahaf.
Kuwait, Politics, 6/22/1999
Arab parliament meetings in Damascus on Sunday
Works of the 34th session of the Arab Parliamentary Union will convene on Sunday under the chairmanship of Ahmed Fathi Sorour, head of the Egyptian parliament.
Regional, Politics, 6/22/1999
A call for involving the younger generation in Saudi leadership
A British daily dealt on Monday with the future of the leadership in Saudi Arabia under the escalated demands for economic reform.
Saudi Arabia, Politics, 6/22/1999
Tunisia's income increases due to tourism
Figures published by the Tunisian central bank showed that Tunisia's income of foreign currencies from tourism during the first five months of this year reached 603 million dinars ($503 million), an increase of 551 million dinars over the same period of last year.
Tunisia, Economics, 6/22/1999
Somalia: AL chief proposes to host reconciliation conference
Somalia-Regional, Politics, 6/22/1999
Lebanese premier confers with James Baker
Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss on Monday received former US Secretary of State James Baker, who is accompanied by the former US ambassador in Damascus, Edward Djerjian, and the US ambassador in Lebanon, David Satterfield.
Lebanon-USA, Politics, 6/22/1999
British suspects' trial continues in Yemen
For the last time, eight British suspects in the commission of terrorism actions were presented today before a Yemeni court before it issues its judgment on them.
Yemen, Politics, 6/22/1999
UN chief calls for encouraging Iraq and lifting sanctions imposed on it
Iraq-UN, Politics, 6/22/1999
Home ministers of western Mediterranean countries vow to fight terrorism
The home ministers of western Mediterranean countries vowed to fight terrorism whatever its origins, causes or goals are.
Regional, Politics, 6/22/1999
Moroccan and Spanish legislative chambers express will to upgrade dialogue
The Moroccan chamber of advisors (upper chamber of the parliament) and the two Spanish houses expressed on Monday will to upgrade dialogue between the two countries' legislative bodies to the level of the existing bilateral political and economic relations.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 6/22/1999
Tourism workshop in Damascus urges encouragement of Arab tourism structure
An Arab workshop for tourism that was convened in Damascus and concluded its works yesterday recommended forming a tourism workshop in every country to activate international tourism and the Arab structure in a special way that would include representatives of all organizations working in the tourism sector.
Regional, Politics, 6/22/1999
Cholera prevails in Baghdad districts
It was said yesterday in Baghdad that cholera largely prevailed in some of the Iraqi capital's areas and in some other governorates.
Iraq, Health, 6/22/1999
Prisoners stress Ethiopia's involvement in Somalia
Prisoners of war who were recently freed in Beedawa, southern Somalia, reported on Sunday that they were taken as prisoners by the Ethiopian army rather than by a rival Somali faction.
Somalia, Politics, 6/22/1999
Israel ignores court's decision to evacuate its commercial office in Doha
The head of the Israeli commercial representation bureau in Doha stated yesterday that the bureau does not intend to evacuate the building it occupies, despite the issuing of a judicial decision regarding this matter.
Qatar-Israel, Politics, 6/22/1999
A Saudi nominated as OPEC secretary
The Middle East Economic Survey issued in Nicosia on Monday said that Saudi Arabia will nominate its representative to OPEC's council of secretaries, Suleiman al-Harbish, to assume the post of OPEC secretary general.
Regional, Economics, 6/22/1999
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A round of official talks was held on Monday in Canada between Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa and Canadian Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy. Talks dealt with recent developments in the Balkans, conditions in the Middle East and the possibilities of reviving the Middle East peace process following the formation of the new Israeli government. Talks also dealt with bilateral relations between the two countries and the possibility of developing them in various economic, trade, and cultural fields.
The Jordanian weekly al-Hadath has said in its recent issue that Jordanian Prime Minister Abdul Raouf al-Rawabdeh will discuss with his Syrian counterpart, Mahmoud al-Zou'bi, in the meeting of the Syrian - Jordanian higher committee the issue of the Jordanian detainees in Syria, which he described as one of the pending matters which needs solution with the Syrians.
Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss on Monday discussed with Lebanese Parliament member Nazih Mansour, who is also a member of the al-Wafa bloc for resistance, Israel's theft of Lebanese waters in order to irrigate its settlements Following the meeting with al-Hoss, Mansour said Israel has started stealing al-Hammad spring's water in the Marjyoun area. He added that pipelines between the spring and northern Israel were erected at a length of seven kilometers and a depth of one and a half meters.
The secretary of the Libyan people's committee, Muhammad al-Manqoush, met on Monday in Syrte, Libya with Egyptian Finance Minister Mohieddin El-Gharib, currently visiting Libya. The two sides reviewed bilateral relations and means of strengthening and developing them for the common interests of the two states' peoples. A similar meeting was held between the Libyan people's finance secretary (finance minister), Muhammad Beit al-Mal, and the Egyptian minister in a meeting in the city of Syrte discussed cooperation relations and means of developing them.
Mohammed Bassyouni, Egypt's ambassador in Israel, stated that the head of the Davos World Economic Forum, Klaus Shawab, suggested that Egypt host the economic conference of the Middle East at the end of the current year. Bassyouni said that Egypt does not mind hosting it if there is remarkable progress in the peace process.
The leader of the opposition Sudanese People's Liberation Army, Colonel John Garang, will arrive in Egypt on July 4 to meet with officials in Cairo and inform them of the results of Sudanese opposition meetings in Asmara. A SPLA official said Garang will lead a large delegation that will include his foreign minister, Dinak Alour, and military officials, adding that Garang will discuss in Cairo the initiatives raised in the Sudanese arena for reconciliation and participation in the meetings of the opposition Democratic National Alliance that will start in Cairo on July 5.
The first deputy chairman of the Iraqi Olympic committee, Aseel Tabara, said that his country will participate with a sports delegation of 200 persons including administrators, coaches and players in the ninth Arab Games scheduled to be held in Jordan on August 11 - 31.
US jets bombed "an Iraqi military command and control site" located southwest of the city of Mosul after Iraqi radar targted aircraft flying as part of Operation Northern Watch, which patrols the "no-fly zone" over nothern Iraq, and Iraqi anti-aircraft artillery fired on the aircraft, a release from the US European Command said. The incident is the third in the last five days.
The Sudanese armed forces have denied reports that Sudanese opposition groups took control of the al-Dandar area in eastern Sudan on Thursday. A Sudanese military spokesman said that the opposition claims are "baseless."
The vice-speaker of the Venezuelan senate, Julio Castillo Sagarzoze, is currently visiting Morocco at the invitation of the Moroccan Chamber of advisors (Upper house of the Parliament) Sagarzoze held talks with moroccan Mps that focused on means to consolidate ties between the two countries' parliaments.
A spokesman for the Jewish agency said that a first group of the Falasha Jews will arrive today in Israel from Ethiopia. The spokesman added that this group number 80 persons and are on board of an ordinary flight on the Ethiopian airlines. The spokesman Michael Yankilo Venzan explained that 3800 Ethiopian Jews will arrive on weekly flights during the coming months, noting the Ethiopian authorities were very cooperatives. The spokesman added that those Ethiopian Jews will live in Mega Sereit Zeyoun" settlement, near Jerusalem.
The spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry on Monday denied claims raised by the Israeli daily Haaretz that Iran has proposed to maintain a dialogue with Tel Aviv over disarmament. The spokesman, Hamid Rida Asifi, in a statement he made in Tehran on Monday described raising such claims as futile attempts to undermine Iran's position and unwavering stances, noting that such "claims and tricks" are void and baseless.
Iran has reiterated that the arrest of a spy network of 13 Iranian Jews under charges of spying for Israel has nothing to do with religion. In a statement he made in Tehran on Monday, the spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Hamid Rida Asifi, said the concern showed by certain countries, usually encouraged by certain international circles, is groundless.
The spiritual guide of the Iranian revolution, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Monday received the speaker of the Sudanese National Council, Hassan al-Turabi, currently visiting Tehran. During the meeting, the two sides discussed bilateral relations, issues of mutual concern and the results of the works of the constituent meeting of the Islamic Parliament Union (IUP) recently held in Tehran.
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat will hold a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak immediately following the formation of the new Israeli government. The minister of industry at the Palestinian Authority, Sa'di Alkrunz, told journalists during his participation in the opening a technological exposition in Tel Aviv on Monday that there are preparations to convene a meeting between Arafat and Barak with the support of the US administration upon the formation of the new Israeli government.