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Bouteflika promises to allow Islamic Salvation Front to form political party
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika promised to allowing the prohibited Algerian Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) to reorganize as a political party on the condition that a new leadership is chosen for it.
Algeria, Politics, 7/19/1999
Yemeni president to discuss Arab summit during his visit to Libya and Algeria
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is starting today an Arab tour in North Africa that is to include Libya and Algeria.
Yemen-Maghreb, Politics, 7/19/1999
Jordan, Syria sign dam agreement
Jordanian Minister of Water and Irrigation Kamel Mahadeen has said that an agreement was concluded between Jordan and Syria on all matters connected with setting up al-Wahda dam construction project, which is to be financed by Arab funds.
Jordan-Syria, Politics, 7/19/1999
Morocco, Algeria share interests, Bouteflika says
"Morocco and Algeria have shared interests and there is a new context between the two brotherly countries," Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said on Sunday.
Algeria-Morocco, Politics, 7/19/1999
Iran expresses readiness to negotiate with UAE
Iran said it is ready to negotiate with no premeditated conditions with the United Arab Emirates regarding the three disputed Gulf islands which form a matter of conflict between them.
United Arab Emirates-Iran, Politics, 7/19/1999
UAE minister ready to visit Iran to discuss island issue
United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hamdan Bin Zayed al-Nahyan has expressed his readiness to visit Iran to discuss the question of three islands.
United Arab Emirates-Iran, Politics, 7/19/1999
Spanish prime minister in Damascus with business delegation
Aznar, who is accompanied by a delegation including Spanish officials and businessmen, headed for Tishreen Palace in Damascus.
Syria-Spain, Politics, 7/19/1999
Moussa meets U.S. ambassador in Cairo
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa met today with Daniel Kurtzer, the U.S. ambassador in Cairo.
Egypt-USA, Politics, 7/19/1999
Amr Moussa confers with al-Mahdi, al-Meirghani
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa met on Sunday in Cairo with former Sudanese Prime Minister al-Sadeq al-Mahdi and the chairman of the opposition Democratic National Alliance, Muhammad Othman al-Meirghani, in the framework of Egyptian mediation and efforts to establish peace in Sudan.
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 7/19/1999
Iranian - Saudi relations also for serving Islamic issues
Iranian President Muhammad Khatami has asserted that Iranian-Saudi relations, in their new phase, are not only serving the interests of the two countries but also those of the region and the Islamic world as well as the world as a whole.
Saudi Arabia-Iran, Politics, 7/19/1999
Yemen: Presidential elections on September 23
Some 30 persons have nominated themselves for the elections, including Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the chairman of the opposition Yemeni Socialist Party, Ali Saleh Abbad, better known as Muqbil.
Yemen, Politics, 7/19/1999
Pakistani prime minister in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz on Sunday night started in Jeddah official talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Prince Abdullah and Sharif discussed bilateral relations.
Saudi Arabia-Pakistan, Politics, 7/19/1999
Bouteflika supports Iraq's participation in summit
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika expressed yesterday his support for convening an Arab summit with the participation of all Arab states, including Iraq.
Algeria-Regional, Politics, 7/19/1999
Sudanese government starts negotiations with Garang
The Sudanese government's negotiations started today in Nairobi with the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement, conducted by John Garang.
Sudan, Politics, 7/19/1999
King Abdullah discharges chief of staff of the Jordanian army
Jordan's King Abdullah Bin Hussein issued a royal decree discharging the joint chief of staff for Jordan's army, Marshal Abd El-Hafez Marie El-Kaanba, and appointed Lieutenant General Mohammed Yusef El-Malakawi in another royal decree, which also appointed Marshal El-Kannba as the king's military advisor instead of Hamid El-Fayiz, who was retired.
Jordan, Politics, 7/19/1999
Al-Kharafi elected as chairman of the Kuwaiti Nation's Council
Members of the Kuwaiti Nation's Council on Saturday elected parliamentarian Jasem al-Khurafi as chairman of the council, while parliarmentarian Mashari al-Anjari was elected as vice-chairman.
Kuwait, Politics, 7/19/1999
Proposals and thoughts over the Middle East peace process
Sources at the US embassy in Cairo asserted to the Kuwaiti daily al-Watan on Sunday that US President Bill Clinton had told his Egyptian counterpart about several practical thoughts and proposals he had reached with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak during their Thursday meeting in Washington concerning reactivation of the Syrian track.
Regional, Politics, 7/19/1999
Commodity reduction exemption among Arab states
At the conclusion of its meeting on Sunday in Cairo, the Arab League executive and follow-up committee has agreed to grant some commodities requested by certain Arab countries an exemption from the reduction decided within the framework of the Arab free trade zone.
Regional, Economics, 7/19/1999
Damascus: Pardon covers 220,000 persons
Well-informed sources in Damascus told a London-based daily that the general pardon enacted by Syrian President Hafez al-Assad last week resulted in the release of hundreds of political prisoners, some 500 persons detained as a result of the martial law and 225,000 persons.
Syria, Politics, 7/19/1999
Turkish ministers says ties with Syria improving
Turkish Foreign Minister Ismael Cem announced that Turkish - Syrian relations are improving in various areas.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 7/19/1999
King Fahd in Spain
The Saudi News Agency said on Sunday that King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz arrived on Saturday night in Malaga, southern Spain, for a private visit, his first visit abroad in five years. He was welcomed by members of the Saudi royal family and Spanish figures.
Saudi Arabia-Spain, Politics, 7/19/1999
Turkish raid against Iran, Tehran says
At least one person was killed and others were wounded in a raid launched by Turkish planes on Sunday against the Beranshaher district, of northwest Iran.
Turkey-Iran, Military, 7/19/1999
Israeli warplanes violate Lebanese skies as SLA members continue to desert
Lebanese security sources said the town of Tebnin was violently hit by the Israeli artillery situated on Muheibib hill
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 7/19/1999
Moroccan company shows ecological vehicles
The Moroccan gas distribution company "Tissir Primagaz" has developed environment-friendly engines fueled with low-emission Liquified Gas Petroleum (LGP).
Morocco, Business, 7/19/1999
Palestinian demonstration to protest lack of water in the West Bank
Hundreds of Fehain El-Dahsha's inhabitants organized yesterday a large demonstration near Bethlehem to protest the lack of water, which has continued for two months.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 7/19/1999
Iran reschedules Syrian debts
An Iranian daily said on Sunday that Tehran has agreed to reschedule a Syrian debts estimated at 140 billion Syrian pounds (US $280 billion). The paper added that such Iranian approval of rescheduling the debts would avail paying back the Syrian debts within 10 years and reveal the desire of the two countries' leaders to develop bilateral relations and deepen them.
Syria-Iran, Politics, 7/19/1999
Notable reduction in Hizbullah military operations against Israel
The spokesman for the Israeli army, Odet Bin Ami, has announced that there has been a notable decrease in Hizbullah operations since the air strikes launched by the Israeli air force on June 24 against various targets in the depths of the Lebanese territories.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 7/19/1999
Four Belgians kidnapped in Yemen on Thursday, released
In a peaceful operation, the four Belgian tourists who were kidnapped last Thursday by armed men from Yemen's Bakeil tribe were freed on Sunday. The four tourists were, upon being kidnapped, taken to Barat district, 180 km northeast of Sanaa.
Yemen-Belgium, Politics, 7/19/1999
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The Kuwaiti government has asserted its desire to extend a hand of "sincere and constructive cooperation" and to back common work efforts with the new Nation's Council.
Moroccan psychiatrist Jalil Bennani received last weekend the 1997-98 prize awarded by Tunisian President Zine Al-Abidine Ben ali to best Maghreban medical scientists. The Moroccan psycho-analyst won the prize for his outstanding contribution and research studies in the field of psychiatry.
The Egyptian government is studying imposing dumping fees on greatly increased metal and steel imports coming from Russia and Kazakhstan, like the dumping fees of 40% which were imposed on imports from the Ukrane.
Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss has reiterated the backing of the Lebanese government for the Lebanese resistance so long as one inch of Lebanese land is under Israeli occupation. In a speech he made at the opening of the third camp of Lebanese expatriates, the Lebanese prime minister said, "Lebanon is at the meantime suffering from Israeli aggressions." He added that the Israeli war machine is going ahead with killing Lebanon's secure people and destroying Lebanese cities, farms and villages, violating, thereby, the simplest forms of human rights.
Tanzanian President Benjamin William Makaba has described Tanzanian - Libyan relations as excellent. He added that relations between the two countries have been consolidated as a result of efforts to support cooperation and trade and economic exchange between the two countries. In an arrival statement at Tripoli airport on Sunday in a visit to Libya, Makaba said he will hold talks with Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gaddafi on developments of conditions in the African areas of conflict, especially in the Congo, as well as on preparations for the extraordinary African session due to be held in Libya in September.
The Tunisian Union for Industry, Trade and Traditional Industries is organizing from November 23 - 25 the eighth conference for Arab businessmen and investors, in which officials and representatives from trade chambers and Arab banks as well as Arab businessmen will participate.
The Jordanian daily al-Arab al-Youm said on Sunday, according to source at the Syrian embassy in Amman, that it was decided to convene the meeting of the Syrian - Jordanian higher ministerial committee on July 24 in Amman.
France has expressed its satisfaction over Libya's transfers to the families of victims of the French UTA plane which was downed in 1989, resulting in the death of 170 persons, according the rules of the French special criminal court on March 31.
The Kuwaiti first deputy prime minister and foreign minister, Sheih Sabah al-Ahmad, received a message on Sunday from Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Premier Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz concerning bilateral relations and issues of mutual concern.
Some 14 persons were killed and another 17 were wounded as a result of air strikes carried out by British and US warplanes in southern Iraq. An Iraqi military spokesman said that some 16 "enemy formations" carried out 14 sorties over the areas of the provinces of al-Basra, al-Muthana, Zee Qar, Meisan, and struck several Iraqi civilian constructions.
Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Sunday received Gabonese President El Hadj Omar Bongo. The message was handed over by the special envoy for President Bongo during his meeting with Sheikh Jaber on Sunday.