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Damascus: Peace will come in few months if negotiations start from stopping point
The Washington-based US magazine Middle East Insight published on Thursday a long article by the US academic and writer Allon Bin Maeir on peace between Syria and Israel.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 7/9/1999
Bouteflika: Arab Maghreb problems will rapidly disappear
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria has underlined that the close ties binding the Moroccan and Algerian peoples are "deeper" and "translate better the peoples' behavior than the momentary clouds."
Algeria-Morocco, Politics, 7/9/1999
King Hassan announces two-year employment plan
King Hassan II announced on Thursday an employment plan extending between 1999 and 2001 to provide jobs to 60,000 young graduates annually.
Morocco, Economics, 7/9/1999
King Hassan calls for revolution in religious teaching in Morocco
King Hassan II called for a genuine revolution in religious teaching in Morocco and said that such an action has already been started.
Morocco, Politics, 7/9/1999
Saudi defense minister arrives in Qatar
Saudi Defense Minister Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz arrived in Qatar on Thursday in the framework of a Gulf tour, during which he will discuss relations between the Gulf states and Tehran.
Saudi Arabia-Qatar, Politics, 7/9/1999
Telephone conversation between Bin Ali and Bouteflika
Tunisian President Zein al-Abidin Bin Ali and Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Wednesday held their first telephone conversation since President Bouteflika assumed power in Algeria in April.
Tunisia-Algeria, Politics, 7/9/1999
Gaddafi summons mini summit to settle Eritrea - Ethiopia dispute
Libyan leader Col Moammar Gaddafi called for a meeting of members of the African mini-summit in charge of settling the border dispute between Eritrea and Ethiopia to be held in Tripoli today or tomorrow.
Libya-Africa, Politics, 7/9/1999
Annan calls for quick approval of spare parts for Iraq
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has recommended to a Security Council committee for applications for spare parts to be used for repairs to Iraqi oil equipment to be approved as soon as possible.
Iraq-UN, Economics, 7/9/1999
SLA militia approaching its end
News reports from the occupied part of south Lebanon spoke of further collapse and dismembering in the lines of the Israeli-allied South Lebanon Army militia.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 7/9/1999
Morocco and Libya ought to build up complementarity to develop trade
Moroccan Economy and Finance Minister Fathallah Oualalou stressed on Wednesday the need for Morocco and Libya to build up on economic complementarity to upgrade trade exchange.
Morocco-Libya, Politics, 7/9/1999
AL regrets US Congress campaign against Sudan
The general secretariat of the Arab League has expressed its regret over the hostile campaign launched by several US Congress members against Sudan, and attempts aimed at imposing a draft resolution to create "no-fly zone areas" in southern Sudan.
Regional-Sudan-USA, Politics, 7/9/1999
Syrian delegation to Arab businesswomen forum in Rabat
The chairperson of the Syrian delegation to the Forum Dr. Nezha Elian who is the chairperson of the Syrian industrial business women said that the Forum which will discuss several issues, especially the role of the Arab women in revitalizing inter-Arab relations and setting the foundation for establishing the council of the Arab business women council for backing Arab economic integration and the common Arab market.
Syria-Regional, Business, 7/9/1999
President Saleh a candidate for the coming Yemeni Presidency
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Thursday agreed to be the candidate for the Yemeni General People's Conference party in the presidential elections to be held on September 28.
Yemen, Politics, 7/9/1999
King Abdullah praises Syria
In its most recent issue, the Paris based al-Shaher magazine highlighted firm Syrian-Jordanian relations. The magazine's editorial was written by King Abdullah Bin Hussein of Jordan, who said, "We, in Jordan appreciate President al-Assad's role and sincere efforts as well as his wise and courageous leadership."
Jordan-Syria, Politics, 7/9/1999
Prince Talal gives 5 million pounds to Egyptian bank for the poor
Prince Talal Bin Abdul Aziz, the head of the Arab Council for Childhood and Development, presented 5 million Egyptian pounds as his contribution to the project of Egyptian Bank of Hope.
Egypt, Economics, 7/9/1999
Speaker of Tunisian parliament meets Basri in Rabat
Speaker of the Tunisian chamber of representatives, Fouad Mebazza, who started on Wednesday a four-day official visit to Morocco, conferred in Rabat Thursday with Moroccan Minister of the Interior Driss Basri.
Morocco-Tunisia, Politics, 7/9/1999
Algeria hosts 35th African summit
On July 12 - 14, the 35th session summit of the Organization of African Unity will be held in Algiers at a time when the African continent is witnessing unprecedented acts of violence since the establishment of the organization in 1963, as a result of a series of bloody confrontations.
Regional-Algeria-Africa, Politics, 7/9/1999
King Hassan in France next week
The king will be France's guest of honor at the traditional parade of July 14, marking France's National Day.
Morocco-France, Politics, 7/9/1999
Maritime museum for displaying sunken archaeological finds in Alexandria
Egyptian Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni agreed on a plan for developing the maritime museum in Alexandria and converting it to an international museum that would fit the sunken archeology in Alexandria that was recently found.
Egypt, Culture, 7/9/1999
$5 billion in foreign investments in Lebanon
The volume of foreign investments in Lebanon increased during 1998 to $5 billion.
Lebanon, Economics, 7/9/1999
Tripoli says no conditions set for restoring relations with London
The Libyan people's general conference announced on Thursday that Tripoli did not commit itself to any conditions in order to restore relations with London.
Libya-UK, Politics, 7/9/1999
US allegations against UAE, Qatar and Taliban on support of bin Laden
The United States is "working with the UAE to continue strengthening our counter-terrorism cooperation in many areas, including terrorist money laundering," US State Department deputy spokesman James Foley said.
United Arab Emirates-Qatar-USA, Politics, 7/9/1999
Calls for Turkish withdrawal from northern Iraq
The Arab League has expressed its strong denunciation and condemnation of the new Turkish incursion into northern Iraq and called on Ankara to immediately withdraw its forces.
Iraq-Turkey, Politics, 7/9/1999
Report: Ministerial reshuffle in Morocco shortly
Morocco's L'Economiste daily reported on Thursday that a reshuffle will be operated shortly in the Moroccan government, headed by Socialist leader, Abderrahmane Youssoufi.
Morocco, Politics, 7/9/1999
AL, UN sign two cooperation agreements
The permanent legal committee of the Arab League council has approved at the conclusion of its works on Wednesday held at the headquarters of the AL two draft cooperation agreements between the AL and each of the UNHCR and the UNDP.
Regional-UN, Politics, 7/9/1999
Radio and television festival to open in Cairo on Sunday
Egyptian Minister of Information Safwat El-Sherif is to open on the coming Sunday the fifth session of the Cairo radio and television festival, which will last for one week and in which 15 Arab countries are to participate with 182 television and radio programs.
Regional-Egypt, Economics, 7/9/1999
New steel factory in Abu Dhabi
The Abu Dhabi National Company for Industrial Projects has signed an agreement with the German Machine-Fabric Ernest to establish a steel factory.
United Arab Emirates-Germany, Business, 7/9/1999
U.N. envoy for Sahara confers with Moroccan foreign minister
Moroccan Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister Mohamed Benaissa conferred in Rabat on Thursday, with William Eagleton, special representative of the United Nations secretary general for the Sahara.
Morocco-UN, Politics, 7/9/1999
A new loan for Mobinil of $570 million
The Egyptian company for mobile phone services Mobinil obtained a new local and international loan of $570 million
Egypt, Business, 7/9/1999
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Ismail Hassan, governor of the Egyptian central bank said that Egypt's foreign debts in European currencies have been reduced by 15% due to the reduction of the euro exchange price before dollar in international markets. In special statement to ArabicNews.com he said that the European currency lost 15% of its value during the first half of the current year, adding that this reduction in the euro's value is in Egypt's interest, as a large percentage of Egyptian foreign debts are in euros. He said the reserves of the central bank are strong and are comprised of many different currencies, the greatest portion in U.S. dollars.
The Egyptian Ministry of Trade is getting ready in association with organizations and the Egyptian Businessmen's Association to organize marketing missions for Egyptian exports during September to New York, Washington and the Carolinas. Egyptian sources told ArabicNews.com today that the needs of U.S market were studied, and three groups of goods that enjoy customs exemptions in U.S. market were chosen for promotion.
The Jordanian embassies started implementing the resolution of Jordanian Prime Minister Abdul Raouf al-Rawabdeh not to grant visas for laborers unless they have prior consent from the Jordanian Ministry of Labor, in the framework of the Jordanian government's plan to get rid of surplus foreign laborers according to a specific timetable aimed at organizing the flow of workers as well as giving priority to national workers.
Bahraini Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Issa al-Khaleifa on Thursday enacted a law pardoning Sheikh Abdul Ameer al-Jamri, who was on Wednesday sentenced to ten years imprisonment after he was convicted by the high court of appeal of accusations addressed to him of spying for a foreign state and provoking riots and acts of violence.
Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Maria Aznar will on July 5 hold a tour of the Middle East, during which he will hold talks concentrated on the Middle East peace process. Aznar's three-day tour will cover Syria, Jordan and Lebanon.
US president Bill Clinton hailed efforts made by King Hassan II that made of Morocco a model of stability in the region. In a message he sent to the sovereign on the occasion of the Youth Day, which marks this year the king's 70th birthday, the US chief executive expressed admiration for the king's efforts to promote the multi-party system and political freedom, making of Morocco an example of democracy for other countries in the region.
The Egyptian - British Businessmen's Association is organizing a November economic mission to Britain under the auspices of the British Ministry of Trade and Industry and the British embassy in Cairo. David Reed, the British commercial advisor in Cairo, said the mission aims at learning about investment opportunities in Britain and increasing the volume of commercial exchange between the two countries, which witnessed an increase of 10% during the period of January to April 1999.
The chamber of advisors (the upper chamber of the Moroccan parliament) approved on Wednesday the creation of a free trade area with a group of four European countries (Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein).
The Care International organization decided to present an easy loan of 12 million Egyptian pounds for social development projects in four Egyptian governorates -- Fayyum, Suhaj, Qina and Aswan -- in addition to supporting the existing projects in the governorates of Bani Suwayf, El-Minya and Asyut.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met today in Alexandria, Egypt with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. A press conference by the two leaders expressed a positive tone toward the future of peace negotiations with Mubarak asking that Barak be given a month or two of preparations for a peace initiative, while awaiting concrete Israeli actions. Barak expressed that no stone will remain unturned in the efforts for peace.
The Egyptian Supreme Council for Antiquities is discussing the idea of establishing a museum specializing in crocodiles and water creatures in pharonic Egypt in the Kom Ombo area in Aswan, which was one of the main centers for worshipping the god "Sopeck," (crocodile), a symbol of good in ancient Egypt. Kom Ombo temple includes 300 mummified crocodiles in addition to a group of water creatures, animals and mummified insects that were famous in ancient Egypt.
The Egyptian-Romanian committee will convene next week in Bucharest to implement the joint free trade zone and reduce customs fees on the goods between the two countries, as well as to deal with Romanian steel imports in addition to discussing the problems facing Egyptian projects in Romania.
Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi chaired on Thursday the first government council after the surgery to the head he underwent in June 20. Youssoufi, 75, left the Rabat Ibn Sina hospital on June 30.