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Al-Assad's trip to Moscow and potential implications
Syria-Russia, Analysis, 7/5/1999
King Abdullah of Jordan hails Moroccan king's efforts to cement Arab ranks
King Abdullah Bin Hussein of Jordan who paid a work visit to Morocco over the weekend hailed the efforts made by Morocco's King Hassan II to cement Arab ranks, foster Arab solidarity and promote economic complementarity and extended the sovereign an invitation to visit Jordan.
Morocco-Jordan, Politics, 7/5/1999
King Abdullah of Jordan visits Morocco, confers with King Hassan II
King Abdullah Bin Hussein of Jordan who paid a working visit to Morocco over the weekend conferred with King Hassan II on restoring Arab solidarity and on the Middle East peace process.
Jordan-Morocco, Politics, 7/5/1999
GCC backs the UAE over islands issue
The Gulf Cooperation Council has pledged full backing to the United Arab Emirates in its conflict with Iran over three islands in the Gulf. It called for responding to the calls for achieving a peaceful solution.
Gulf-Iran, Politics, 7/5/1999
Salah not to run for reelection
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh told members of Yemen's ruling People's General Congress yesterday that he did not plan to run for reelection.
Yemen, Politics, 7/5/1999
Kuwaiti government resigns
The Kuwaiti government chaired by Crown Prince and Prime Minister Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah al-Sabah on Sunday submitted its resignation to the ruler of the country, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah
Kuwait, Politics, 7/5/1999
On the results of the Kuwaiti elections
Election results published on Sunday in Kuwait by Kuwaiti dailies indicated that the Kuwaiti opposition scored great success against pro-government candidates in the parliamentary elections carried out on Saturday.
Kuwait, Politics, 7/5/1999
Bouteflika pardons thousands of prisoners
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has pardoned thousands of extremist prisoners who did not commit crimes of killing and terrorism.
Algeria, Politics, 7/5/1999
13 percent unemployment average in Morocco
Morocco, Politics, 7/5/1999
Palestinian denouncement of Barak's criticism for US president's statements regarding refugees
Palestine-Israel-USA, Politics, 7/5/1999
On President al-Assad's visit to Moscow
Official Syrian sources told the Lebanese daily al-Nahar that President Hafez al-Assad's talks with the Russian President Boris Yeltsin in Moscow, in which the Syrian president is to arrive today, will not deal with the question of the delayed Syrian debts to Russia, stressing the economic and strategic dimensions of al-Assad's visit to Moscow.
Syria-Russia, Politics, 7/5/1999
Spanish-Moroccan-Potuguese consortium wins Morocco's second Gsm mobile phone licence
With a tender of $1.08 billion, Spanish-Moroccan-Portuguese consortium "Medi-telecoms" won Morocco's second Gsm Mobile Phone Licence, it was officially announced here.
Morocco, Business, 7/5/1999
Morocco, Guinea sign implementation protocol of fisheries accord
Morocco and Guinea signed in Rabat on Saturday an implementation protocol of the fisheries accord binding the two countries since April 1997.
Morocco-Guinea, Economics, 7/5/1999
Bahrain postpones al-Jamri trial
The Bahraini state security court on Sunday postponed the trial of Sheikh Abdul Ameer al-Jamri, the Shiite Bahraini man of religion who is accused of making contacts with foreign states, monitoring an illegal organization, encouraging acts of protest as well as disseminating false news.
Bahrain, Politics, 7/5/1999
Six Egyptian governmental companies to be raised for sale
The Egyptian privatization committee under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri decided to raise shares of six governmental companies for sale during coming month.
Egypt, Politics, 7/5/1999
Iranian president receives message from Gaddafi
Iranian President Muhammad Khatami on Sunday received a special envoy from Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gaddafi. The envoy, Saad Mujbir, gave the Iranian president a message implying appreciation for efforts made by President Khatami to strengthen and foster relations among the Islamic states.
Libya-Iran, Politics, 7/5/1999
Officials from Moroccan Interior Ministry on study mission in USA
A delegation of top officials from the Moroccan Interior Ministry is undertaking this July 3-18 a study mission in the USA, sponsored by the US Agency for International Development.
Morocco-USA, Politics, 7/5/1999
20 million pounds in capital for first investment company in Sinai
It was decided to establish the first investment company in northern Sinai with a capital of 20 million pounds, to be increased to 100 million pounds through a general subscription among citizens at a cost of 10 pounds per share.
Egypt, Business, 7/5/1999
Syrian - Egyptian summit in preparation for a pan-Arab summit
A London-based daily has quoted Egyptian diplomatic sources as saying that the forthcoming Egyptian - Syrian summit will discuss preparations for the pan-Arab summit, reconciliation between Syrian President Hafez al-Assad and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and maintaining coordination among Arab states concerned with the Middle East peace process.
Egypt-Syria, Politics, 7/5/1999
Discussions between Egypt and Croatia
Egypt-Croatia, Politics, 7/5/1999
Moroccan and Cote D'Ivoire foreign ministers meet in Rabat
The foreign ministers of Morocco and Cote D'Ivoire, Mohamed Benaissa and Amara Essy, held talks on Monday, covering "issues of common interest," reports a statement of the Moroccan foreign department.
Morocco-Cote D'Ivoire, Politics, 7/5/1999
Carthage arts festival to open Thursday
The 35th session of the Carthage international festival for the arts is to start on Thursday evening and last until August 19.
Tunisia-Regional, Culture, 7/5/1999
Egypt participates in Tehran International Fair
Egypt will participate in the Teheran International Fair in October, part of four commercial fairs to be held between the two countries.
Egypt-Iran, Economics, 7/5/1999
Moroccan wins 5,000 meter race in Saint-Denis meeting, shatters own record
Brahim Jabbour, Morocco, won Saturday afternoon during the Saint-Denis athletics meeting the 5,000 meter race in 13:01.41, shattering his own record of 13:08.86.
Morocco, Sports, 7/5/1999
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Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri witnessed the signing of a contract selling Beni Suef cement company at a cost of 1.2 billion Egyptian pounds to the French company Desforges. Egyptian Minister of Public Works Atef Ebeid said this transaction comes to crown the success achieved by president Mubarak's visit to France and as a confirmation of the Egyptian investment climate.
Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir held talks on Saturday with King Abdullah of Jordan. King Abdullah arrived in Khartoum earlier in the day from Sanaa in the course of his current tour which covers Yemen, Sudan, Morocco and Mauritania. Jordanian officials said that the tour of the Jordanian king will center on the Middle East peace process and means of fostering relations between Jordan and these countries.
An Iraqi military official said on Sunday that the Iraq has evidence that is anti-aircraft missiles hit one of the US or UK planes while flying over northern Iraq two days earlier. The Iraqi daily al-Joumhoureyah said Lt. Gen. Shahin Yassin, the commander of the defense force, stressed that Iraq will continue intercepting US and UK planes and will surprise them with stronger hits.
The Bahraini government is currently studying many projects and plans for developing entertainment tourism sites that serve family tourism, which accounts for 60% of the tourism traffic in Bahrain. An official press statement today said the tourism management is currently studying requests for establishing tourism projects worth $10 million, to be increased, especially in establishing 4- and 5-star villages, hotels and resorts in addition to developing Bahraini coastal areas and preparing them with the basic infrastructure to become a major tourism attraction for incoming tourists.
Yemen obtained an easy loan from the International Monetary Fund of $50 million to supporting the plan for economic and financial reform. This loan is considered the first installment of total loans promised to Sanaa by the fund in the coming three years, which are nearly estimated at $700 million, a press statement issued today by the regional bureau for the IMF in Cairo said.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak received a written message from Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika that expresses appreciation for the Egyptian president's efforts in order to develop Egyptian - Algerian relations, support the Arab positions and serve all issues of justice and peace in the world. The Algerian letter said President Hosni Mubarak has through his presidency served the Arab states.
Eleven people died on Sunday in Kelaat-Sraghna (southern Morocco) when a bus collided with a truck. Thirty six people were injured, including 19 who sustained serious injuries in the accident.
Morocco and Senegal signed last Friday in Rabat an umbrella accord providing for cooperation in the field of oil prospecting and exploiting.
Manama's Central Municipal Council is cutting the municipal housing tax depending on income and size of property, Gulf Daily News reported.
The United Arab Emirates' Higher Ministerial Legislative Committee yesterday concluded discussions on setting up an agency to help develop and recruit national labor, Khaleej Times reported.
Oman and Cyprus signed a Global System Mobile service agreement that will allow Omani mobile phone users to use their phones in Cyprus, Oman News Agency reported.
The Lebanese daily al-Nahar reported today that according to military information released at the beginning of this month, Maj. Gen. Bahjat Suleiman, who is very close to Col. Bashar al-Assad, was appointed as the chairman for the interior branch in the Syrian intelligence in succession of Lt. Gen. Muhammad Nasif (Abu Wael), who was retired earlier, al-Nahar reported.
The second shipment of foodstuffs and other related materials arrived in Iran on Sunday from Saudi Arabia as part of contracts signed in the course of the oil-for-food agreement. An official at the Iraqi Trade Ministry said the shipment, part of contracts signed at a value of US $150 million, had arrived at Um al-Qaser port in southern Iraq. On June 16, Iraq received the first shipment which included foodstuffs, agricultural production requirements and several oil instruments.
Algerian security forces have killed seven members of the Armed Islamic Group and confiscated their weapons during mopping-up operations carried out in the provinces in Saida, Mascara and Laghouat.
Armed confrontations took place on Saturday between members of the Lebanese Hizbullah Party and Amal Movement in the town of Suhmur in the western Bekaa. News reports from the town said one person was killed and several were wounded in the confrontation. The Lebanese army cordoned off the town and is carrying out a campaign to arrest the persons who took part in or provoked these confrontations.
French President Jacques Chirac has stressed in a message he extended to the Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Saturday night his readiness to develop French - Algerian relations in all fields. In his message, President Chirac stressed it is the interests of the two countries to maintain open and solid relations for the interests of the French and Algerian peoples.