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Report: Arab states condemn Israeli aggression on Lebanon
Arab reactions denounced the repeated Israeli shelling to vital areas in Lebanon due to which 8 civilians were killed and 86 were injured, while 5 bridges and electric stations were destroyed.
Lebanon-Regional, Politics, 6/26/1999
Mubarak denounces Israeli raid, describes it as an aggression obstructing peace
Egypt-Lebanon, Politics, 6/26/1999
Islamic states' delegations denounce Israeli shelling of south Lebanon
At the conclusion of its works yesterday, the 11th general conference of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs urged the international community to implement UN Security Council resolutions and peace agreements regarding Israel's withdrawal from Golan and south Lebanon.
Regional-Lebanon, Politics, 6/26/1999
Jordan condemns Israel aggression against Lebanon
Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdul Illah al-Khatib has condemned the Israeli air raids against Lebanon. He said these raids are a grave escalation to conditions in the region.
Jordan-Lebanon, Politics, 6/26/1999
Report: Israel plans to withdraw from Hasbaya
A Kuwaiti daily has reported an Israeli plan to withdraw from Hasbaya al-Arqoub during the next month of August in a similar withdrawal to that which took place in Jezzine.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 6/26/1999
Arab common market: Border hostilities an impediment to trade, part 4
Before we move on in this series on the Arab states' common market to address the more direct issues affecting the creation of such a market, it is necessary to deal with issues that at first may seem unrelated to the subject at hand. One such issue is the set of conflicts between some Arab states regarding border disputes.
Regional, Analysis, 6/26/1999
Arab parliamentary union meets on Sunday in Damascus
The Secretary General of the Arab Parliamentary Union, Noureddine Bushkouh, said on Thursday in Damascus that the APU will hold its 34th session on Sunday.
Regional, Politics, 6/26/1999
Kuwait informs Arab League of its consent for Dutch - British draft on Iraq
Kuwait officially informed the Arab League of its consent to the Dutch - British draft for suspending the sanctions imposed on Iraq.
Kuwait-Iraq, Politics, 6/26/1999
Morocco to attend conference of emerging democracies in Yemen
A large Moroccan delegation will attend a conference of emerging democracies to be held this June 27-30 in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.
Regional-Morocco, Politics, 6/26/1999
Bouteflika visiting Switzerland today
A statement from the Algerian presidency that was broadcast yesterday said that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is heading today to Switzerland to participate in the 10th session of the Crans Montana Forum.
Algeria, Politics, 6/26/1999
Moroccan authorities cancels International conference on human rights
Morocco-International, Politics, 6/26/1999
Yemen welcomes Mubarak's call for convening the Arab summit
Yemen approved the call directed by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to convene an expanded Arab summit that discusses peace challenges in the area and Arab solidarity.
Yemen-Regional, Politics, 6/26/1999
Egyptian president starts visit to USA
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak left on Saturday for the United States on a six-day working visit for talks with US President Bill Clinton over developments of the Middle East peace process and bilateral relations.
Egypt, Politics, 6/26/1999
Jordanian, Lebanese premiers meet on bilateral issues
Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss and his Jordanian counterpart, Abdul Raouf al-Rawabdeh, on Friday reviewed the Israeli attacks currently taking place in Lebanon.
Lebanon-Jordan, Politics, 6/26/1999
Chinese business delegation to visit Cairo on Thursday
A Chinese economic delegation from the Chinese province Guangdong comprising 24 businessmen is to arrive on Thursday in Cairo to discuss areas of economic, investment and commercial cooperation with Egypt in the framework of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's invitation to Chinese businessmen during his recent visit to Peking to establish joint export and investment projects in different fields.
Egypt-China, Politics, 6/26/1999
King of Morocco grants pardon to 1,072 convicts
On the occasion of the birthday of the prophet (Aid-Al Mawlid), Morocco's King Hassan II granted pardon to 1,072 convicts, including persons held in prison and others who are free.
Morocco, Politics, 6/26/1999
Princess launches environment protection campaign
Princess Lalla Hasna (youngest daughter of King Hassan II) launched on Thursday a national environment protection campaign and announced that a prize will be awarded to the cleanest beach in Morocco.
Morocco, Environment, 6/26/1999
Palestinian Authority officially invited to attend Geneva conference
The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) received an official invitation from the Swiss authorities to attend the Geneva conference, scheduled for next July 15, PNA Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Nabil Shaath said on Saturday.
Palestine-International, Politics, 6/26/1999
Iranian official meets El-Azhar sheikh, Egyptian Mufti
Egypt-Iran, Politics, 6/26/1999
50.2 percent increase in the Egyptian tourist during May
The movement of tourists coming to Egypt recorded remarkable activity during May, as the number of tourists coming from all over the world reached 361,272 according to the latest report from the central body for mobilization and statistics.
Egypt, Economics, 6/26/1999
Arab symposium for international law: Working on evacuating Middle East from mass destruction weapons
The second Arab symposium for international humanitarian law and supervision on weapons, including weapons of mass destruction, concluded its work yesterday evening, as it underlined continuing Arab concern from all Arab League members states with the international humanitarian law and expressing severe anxiety toward the existence and deployment of nuclear weapons in the area.
Regional, Politics, 6/26/1999
Morocco earmarks $350 million to fight drought effects
Morocco has earmarked US $350 million (3.5 billion DH) to fight drought effects, Moroccan Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Habib El Malki, announced on Friday.
Morocco, Politics, 6/26/1999
Moroccan and multinational insurance groups fuse
The Moroccan group "ONA" and multinational group "AXA" announced a fusion of their insurance branches.
Morocco, Business, 6/26/1999
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United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan on Friday received a telephone call from Libyan leader Col Moammar Gaddafi. During the telephone conversation the two presidents exchanged viewpoints concerning developments in the Arab and international arenas of concern to the two states.
A Belgian economic delegation that represents most Belgian economic sectors headed by former Minister of Trade and escorted by representatives from the Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Economy is starting a visit to Libya today in the framework of activity exerted by the recently-formed Belgian - Libyan commercial committee.
Egyptian Minister of Trade and Supply Ahmed Goweili said the volume of commercial trade between Egypt and the U.S.A. in January and February of 1999 decreased by 17.7% in comparison to the same period of last year and that value of the Egyptian exports to the U.S. reached nearly $90 million during the same period, mostly represented in ready-made clothes, fabrics and textiles with 64% and consumer goods with 13.7%. Petroleum and its products accounted for 3.7% of trade, while engineering and metal goods took 6.1% and food products 2.6%.
The Spanish authorities on Thursday arrested some 27 Moroccan emigrants while trying to illegally get into the city of Sebteh in the upper north of Morocco. AFP quoted a statement issued by the province of Sebteh as saying that the emigrants were on a boat which was confiscated just 200 meters off the coasts of Sebteh. The statement added that the Moroccans who age between 18 and 35 will be returned back to their countries within the few coming days, SANA reported.
Hungarian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Jozsef Torgyan, started on Friday a working visit to Morocco. The Hungarian minister said his visit will contribute to consolidating relations between Morocco and Hungary, especially in the economic and trade fields.
The Moroccan coastal city of Safi will prepare the world's largest fish dish, reports Moroccan daily "Al Mithaq Al-Watani." According to the organizing committee, the 6.3 meter dish will be displayed next July 10.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Arens has threatened to continue Israeli aggressions against Lebanon and its infrastructure and civilian targets. In statements he made on Friday to Israeli radio, the Israeli minister claimed that the April Understanding signed between Lebanon and Israel in 1996 following the "Grapes of Wrath " operation is not proper and is limiting the moves of the Israeli occupation army in south Lebanon.
In answering threats made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding striking Lebanon severely, the Lebanese Hizbullah stated yesterday that it will strike northern Israel with Katyusha missiles in retaliation to Israeli strikes against civilians in Lebanon and Lebanese civil establishments.
European Union Middle East peace process envoy Miguel Moratinos on Friday called for self-control following the fierce Israeli bombardment of south Lebanon and dropping Hizbullah missiles on Israel. AFP said the spokesman for Moratinos said Moratinos on Friday morning made a telephone call to the coordinator of the Israeli activities in Lebanon, Ori Lubrani, and expressed concern over the killing of two Israelis in northern Israel. The spokesman added that Lubrani stressed that when calm is restored to the Lebanese-Israeli borders there will be no other moves in Lebanon.
Six persons were killed and another 11 wounded in a tribal confrontation in Somalia on Thursday night. AFP said that the confrontation took place between members of the Warsa Ngeli and Elie Omir groups of Abqal tribe, which controls the northern part of Makadishu, started to exchange fire, using mortars and machine guns, at a crossroads in the northern part of the capital. The confrontation lasted for one hour. AFP added that four of those killed were among the fighters and the two others were elderly civilians.