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Mubarak: Opportunity for peace should not be missed
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said today that Israel should halt its settlement activities in order to help create an atmosphere that is conducive to moving the peace process between the Palestinian and Israelis forward.
Egypt-USA, Politics, 7/1/1999
Morocco, Tunisia set up commission for industrial cooperation
Morocco and Tunisia decided to set up a joint commission for industrial cooperation that will meet every six months alternately in Tunis and Rabat.
Morocco-Tunisia, Economics, 7/1/1999
Algerian president to release 5,000 prisoners soon
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is to start on Monday releasing 5,000 Islamists as he gets ready to hold a referendum on a national reconciliation law to end the violence actions Algeria hsa witnessed for more than seven years.
Algeria, Politics, 7/1/1999
Tunisian parliament decides on constitutional adjustment for better elections
The Tunisian deputies' council ratified a constitutional adjustment that will pave the way for the multiplicity of candidates for the Tunisian presidency in the elections to be held in October.
Tunisia, Politics, 7/1/1999
On peace between Syria and Israel
The Syrian ambassador in Washington, Walid al-Mu'allim, has announced that a peace agreement can be reached between Syria and Israel within a few months if Israel agrees to withdraw from all the Golan Heights.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 7/1/1999
Chinese economic delegation visits Cairo
A Chinese delegation including 24 businessmen is starting today an economic visit to Egypt to discuss commercial cooperation and establish new Chinese investments in Egypt.
Egypt-China, Economics, 7/1/1999
Sudanese president proposes reconciliation conference, pardoning opposition
Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, in a speech he read on Tuesday night on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Sudanese government's assumption of power proposed a general pardon for the rebels and opposition forces. He said he "opens the door wide for pardoning and security for all opposition forces."
Sudan, Politics, 7/1/1999
Jordan: Daily's chief editor in custody
Jordanian security forces have arrested the chief editor of the Jordanian independent daily al-Arab al-Youm, Shaker Shaker al-Jawhari.
Jordan, Local, 7/1/1999
Saudi Arabia hopes to settle the question of UAE islands
Saudi Arabia has asserted that it views with satisfaction "the positive development in the relations between Iran and the GCC member states," especially following the visit made by Iranian President Muhammad Khatami to Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia-Iran, Politics, 7/1/1999
Syrian-Jordanian higher committee to meet in Amman
The speaker of the Jordanian Parliament, Abdul Hadi al-Majali, has announced that the Syrian - Jordanian joint higher committee will convene its meeting within less than one week in Amman.
Jordan-Syria, Politics, 7/1/1999
Lebanese premier discuss with Syrian FM latest developments
Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss on Wednesday made a telephone call to Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa, during which they made consultations on developments in light of the recent Israeli aggression against Lebanon and Israel's obstruction of the meeting of the April Understanding Monitoring Committee.
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 7/1/1999
Lebanon compensates for martyrs or wounded of the Israeli aggression
Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss has signed payment orders to compensate the martyrs and wounded citizens as a result of the recent Israeli aggression on Lebanon.
Lebanon, Politics, 7/1/1999
Moussa: Negative conception of Islam in the West due to poor awareness of its contribution
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa told the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding that the behavior of some Muslim has led to a poor image of Islam in Western society.
Regional, Politics, 7/1/1999
Tunisia issues international bonds in euros
The Tunisian government decided to issue international bonds worth 250 million euros ($259 million).
Tunisia, Economics, 7/1/1999
Arafat arrives in Portugal
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat headed today to Portugal to fulfill an official invitation from the Portuguese president, including a European tour to discuss the stumbled peace process between Israel and Palestine.
Palestine-Portugal, Politics, 7/1/1999
Prominent opposition figure tried in Bahrain
The Bahraini opposition said on Wednesday that the trial of Sheikh Abdul Ameer al-Jamri, the main opposition figure in Bahrain, who is also accused of playing a key role in anti-government riots, will resume next Sunday.
Bahrain, Politics, 7/1/1999
Barak says able to form new government
Israeli Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak informed Shimon Peres, the temporary head of the Israeli Knesset, that he well present his new government at the Israeli Knesset to be ratified during the coming week.
Israel, Politics, 7/1/1999
Morocco hosts Euro-Mediterranean conference on human rights and democracy
The European Union Migrants Forum's support group for North Africa will hold in Casablanca next October 22-24 a Euro-Mediterranean symposium on human rights and democracy in eastern and southern Mediterranean countries.
Morocco-Regional, Politics, 7/1/1999
No Syrian-Israeli negotiations have taken place, Bishara says
Israeli Knesset member Azmi Bishara said there were no Syrian-Israeli negotiations, rather an exchange of messages through the US or the Eropean Union Middle East peace envoy, Miguel Moratinos.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 7/1/1999
Palestinian official: Israel sends expired foods to Palestinian areas
The Israeli military government and major Israeli food concerns have been deeply involved in attempts to market expired food in East Jerusalem and in the areas of the Palestine National Authority, a Palestinian official said recently.
Palestine-Israel, Economics, 7/1/1999
GCC foreign ministers to meet on Saturday
The foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council member states are to resume their meetings on Saturday in Jeddah. Earlier, the GCC foreign ministers suspended their meeting on June 12, due to the need, then, for further consultation on certain topics debated on the agenda of the session.
Gulf, Politics, 7/1/1999
Common Syrian, Iranian stances in support of Lebanon
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi has announced that Syria and Iran are adopting common stances in support of the steadfastness mounted by the Lebanese people against the continuous Israeli aggressions against Lebanon.
Regional-Iran, Politics, 7/1/1999
France opens 100 million francs credit line for Tunisia
France will open a 100-million-franc credit line to help in the financial restructuring of Tunisian firms, officials said.
Tunisia-France, Economics, 7/1/1999
Israel continues attacks against south Lebanon
Israeli occupation forces on Wednesday continued their attacks against areas adjacent to the occupied part of south Lebanon. Lebanese security sources said Israeli artillery positioned in al-Zafatta bombarded on Wednesday afternoon the Aqmata area in al-Tuffah district, using 155 mm shells.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 7/1/1999
Arafat in good health
Renowned Jordanian neurological doctor Ashraf al-Kurdi asserted on Wednesday that the health condition of Yasser Arafat is "good" and that he does not suffer from Parkinson's disease.
Palestine, People, 7/1/1999
Israeli Arabs call for the title of observer in the Arab League
Regional-Israel, Politics, 7/1/1999
Moroccan fishing boats to be equipped with monitoring devices
With national territorial waters extending over 1.2 million square km and with a 3,500 km long sea coast, Morocco has huge sea resources and harbors over 840 fish species.
Morocco, Economics, 7/1/1999
Lebanese officials pledge to prevent military acts through Lebanese territories
An official French source told the Lebanese al-Mustaqbil magazine that the Lebanese officials asserted to the French delegate Yves Aubin de La Messuziere during his recent visit to Beirut that they will spare no efforts in order to not carry out military acts through the borders with the Lebanese territories but under the condition that Israel is not to bombard Lebanese civilians.
Lebanon-France, Politics, 7/1/1999
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The Egyptian Foreign Ministry started paying Egypt's share of the Arab League's budget in 1999 so that Egypt will be first Arab states to pay, in an attempt to encourage other early payments from states with the largest payment portions which are Egypt, Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. The Arab League is passing through a crushing financial crisis which has obstructed it from giving its employees their salaries and obstructed its activities.
Oman decided to issue instant entry visas for 79 hours for non-Arab businessmen starting from middle of the coming month to help attract foreign investments. An official press statement said "these visas will be issued for $65 in El-Seib International Airport in Muscat, and these businessmen will not need an official sponsor."
Algerian President Abduelaziz Bouteflika has enacted a presidential decree providing for removing Minister of Information and Culture Abdealziz Rahabi, who is also the spokesman for the Algerian government, from his duties. The Algerian news agency said that President Bouteflika assigned Minister of State Tedjini Salaoundji to assume the tasks of the Information and Culture Ministry on an interim basis.
Qatar has denounced the air strikes launched last week by Israel against Lebanon and its continued bombardment of south Lebanon, which hit Lebanese cities and villages and targeted innocent civilians and the infrastructure.
Jordan's King Abdullah Bin Hussein is starting tomorrow a new Arab tour that will include four countries: Yemen, Sudan, Morocco and Mauritania.
The Moroccan air carrier, Royal Air Maroc, has increased its capital by four fold, from $28.57 million to $114.3 million. The company announced in a statement that the capital increase was decided in an extraordinary general assembly held on Tuesday. It was made possible due to the profits made by the company in the last years, the statement said.
Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gaddafi received a telephone call yesterday in Tripoli from President Ange Patasse of the Central African Republic. Talks during the telephone conversation dealt with conditions in Africa. Patasse stressed his support for the efforts exerted to maintain the peace process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in particular and the Great Lakes region, in general.
Al-Sharq Radio said on Wednesday that former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri held talks in Damascus on Tuesday with Syrian Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam, dealing with recent developments, especially the recent Israeli aggression against Lebanon. The radio added that Hariri also met with the chairman of the security department for the Syrian forces in Lebanon, Lt. Gen. Ghazi Kanaan.
Omani Minister of Commerce and Industry Maqbool bin Ali Sultan Said said that the Omani Council of Ministers has set up a committee to study the Y2K problem, as well as a technical team to help government ministries and bodies find solutions to potential problems, Oman News Agency reported.
The Jordanian opposition parties expressed their complete solidarity with and support for Lebanon against the most recent Israeli aggression which targeted the Lebanese infrastructure, including roads, bridges and electric stations as well as killing innocents. Representatives of the parties met during their visit yesterday to the Lebanese embassy Lebanon's new ambassador, Adeeb Alam El-Din, who received two statements issued by the Jordanian National Party and the Jordanian Conference for Protecting the Nation and Confronting Normalization, which denounced the Israeli aggression and said they are standing by Lebanon.
A women's training center, co-financed by the Moroccan scouts organization and a grant of the Japanese government, was dedicated Tuesday in Rabat. Japan contributed 60% to the center, built over a 1,500 square meter area at a cost of $7 million. The center, with a capacity of 200 places, will give two-year long courses on house management, embroidery and sewing to female school dropouts.
Britain has expressed its deep concern over the material damage and losses inflicted as a result of the Israeli attacks last week that targeted the Lebanese infrastructure. The British ambassador in Beirut, David MacLennan, said on Wednesday following his meeting with Lebanese Information Minister Anwar al-Khalik that London considers the April Understanding as the proper framework to ensure the security of civilians.
Pope John Paul II has expressed his desire to add Damascus and Athens to the tour he will make of Iraq, Egypt, al-Nasera (Nazareth), Bethlehem and occupied Jerusalem in the year 2000. He is planning to visit the holy shrines there.
Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz on Wednesday in Riyadh received a message from British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The message was conveyed by the British ambassador in Saudi Arabia, Andrew Green, during his meeting with the Saudi crown prince.
The annual report of the Arab program activists of the Sudanese human rights said the Sudanese government arrested 500 citizens, including the leaders of political parties, former ministers, engineers, doctors, former generals, former parliamentary members and journalists.
Saudi Minister of Planning Khaled al-Quseibi met on Wednesday with the Portuguese minister of international trade and members of the accompanying delegation, currently visiting Saudi Arabia. Prospects for trade and economic cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Portugal and means of expanding areas trade and economic activities were reviewed.
Negotiations in Cairo started between the Export-Import (EX-IM) Bank of the United States and a group of Egyptian banks and financial corporations to discuss the prossibility of contributions to implementing projects in Egypt to finance small and medium-sized projects through the national banking sector. The program planned for by Ex-Im Bank has nothing to do with what was said previously regarding specifying $1 billion to guarantee U.S. loans and investments in Egyptian infrastructure projects, especially in electricity communications, transportation and the environment.
Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi left on Wednesday the Ibn Sina Hospital in Rabat where he underwent ten days ago a minor surgery to have a blood gathering in the head removed.
The Emir of Bahrain, Sheikh Hamad bin Issa al-Khaleifa, received a message on Wednesday in Manama from Turkish President Suleiman Demirel. The message extends an invitation to the emir of Bahrain to visit Turkey.
The European Union agreed on granting Morocco a loan of $4.1 million to be specified for the social development program to combat poverty.
Morocco is taking part in the U.N. meeting on population held June 30 - July 2 at the U.N. headquarters in New York to assess the implementation of the work program adopted five years ago at the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).
An Israeli security source has denied news published on June 28, which said that Jordan refused to take part in joint Turkish - Israeli maneuvers. Israel Radio said the security source stressed that cooperation between Israel and Jordan is proceeding normally on all levels.
Jordan's population reached some 4,775,750 by the end of 1998. The Jordanian daily al-Rai quoted sources at the general statistics department in Jordan as saying that the population of greater Amman reached by the end of 1998 1,842,214.
Israeli Radio said on Wednesday that a new batch of Ethiopian Jews arrived in Tel Aviv on Tuesday night including some new 100 settlers. The Israeli authorities have been trying for a long time to bring in Ethiopian Jews, known as "Falasha," to Israel and settling them in the occupied Arab territories.