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Mubarak - Demirel summit at Alexandria
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak received today Turkish President Suleiman Demirel at Alexandria airport, where they held a closed bilateral session of talks. Demirel and his accompanying delegation held an expanded meeting with Mubarak and his accompanied delegation.
Egypt-Turkey, Politics, 7/26/1999
Polish FM holds talks in Damascus
Syrian Deputy Premier for Economic Affairs Salim Yassin on Sunday received Polish Foreign Minister Bronislaw Geremek and members of the accompanying delegation.
Syria-Poland, Politics, 7/26/1999
Moroccan embassy in Damascus opens book of condolences
Syria participated in the funeral of King Hassan with a delegation that included Vice President Zuheir Masharqa, Prime Minister Mahmoud al-Zou'bi, the foreign minister and the minister of environmental affairs.
Syria-Morocco, Politics, 7/26/1999
Israeli foreign minister to visit Egypt in August
Israeli diplomatic sources confirmed the intention of Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy to visit Egypt in the first week of August, at the invitation of Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa.
Egypt-Israel, Politics, 7/26/1999
Morocco: Mubarak confers with leaders of the world
Within the frame of escorting the funeral of the late Moroccan monarch, King Hassan, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak held a series of meetings with leaders of the world taking part in the funeral as well.
Egypt-International, Politics, 7/26/1999
Bouteflika: I have always believed Moroccan-Algerian ties will improve
"I have always believed that Moroccan-Algerian relations will some day improve. And that's what I have already started to do with the late King Hassan II and that's what I will continue to do with His Majesty Mohammed VI," Bouteflika said.
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 7/26/1999
Israel wishes that late king's successor will support peace process
Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Barak expressed in Rabat Sunday the wish that "King Mohammed Ibn Al-hassan will support the peace process in the Middle East."
Regional-Israel, Politics, 7/26/1999
Abdul Meguid heads to Qatar
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid is to head from Morocco to Qatar tomorrow to meet with Qatar's emir, foreign minister and high-ranking Qatari officials in Doha to discuss the new developments in the Arab arena, and the Arab summit for which Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has called.
Qatar-Regional, Politics, 7/26/1999
First Qatari convicted in coup attempt arrested
The Qatari minister of the interior announced on Sunday that the security forces in Qatar have arrested Hamad Bin Jasem al-Thani, the first person convicted in the failed coup attempt which took place in 1996, who is a member of the ruling family in the country.
Qatar, Politics, 7/26/1999
Iran, Saudi Arabia for best coordination
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi has announced that promotion of relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran requires coordination and consultations in the political, economic and cultural fields between the officials of the two countries.
Saudi Arabia-Iran, Politics, 7/26/1999
Sudanese FM: Khartoum insists on restoring good relations with Egypt
Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Othman Ismael confirmed his country's insistence on restoring good relations with Egypt, saying that they are strategic
Sudan-Egypt, Politics, 7/26/1999
Amman, Tehran for boosting bilateral cooperation
A Jordanian official source said on Sunday that Amman and Tehran have agreed to strengthen their cooperation in various tourism, religious and cultural areas.
Jordan-Iran, Politics, 7/26/1999
Bouteflika meets with Israeli Prime Minister
US President Bill Clinton said that he "regretted" having failed in investing the funeral ceremony of the Moroccan King Hassan II to achieve what he had considered a "breakthrough" in the peace process through making a meeting between Syrian President Hafez al-Assad and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.
Regional-Israel, Politics, 7/26/1999
Arafat to meet with Habash, Hawatemah
Salim Al-Zanoun stated that Arafat's talks with the two men will deal with negotiations with Israel concerning the final status of the occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Palestine, Politics, 7/26/1999
Jordanian journalist arrested in Amman
The AFP in Amman reported that journalists from the independent Jordanian daily al-Masa'eyah told it that Jordanian security forces have arrested one of the newspaper's editors, Senan Shaqdeh, for no clear reason.
Jordan, Politics, 7/26/1999
Egyptian, German companies for upgrading Hurgada airport
The Egyptian company of Arab contractors has endorsed an agreement with the German company ABB to carry out the new commitments of Hurgada International Airport, with a value of $100 million, according to the bid raised by the Egyptian Civil Aviation Department between Egyptian and foreign investors on the B.O.T (build-operate-transfer) system.
Egypt, Business, 7/26/1999
King Hassan and normalization with Israel
An Egyptian diplomat said on Sunday that the secret meeting held in Rabat in 1977 between then-Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan and Egyptian Deputy Premier Hassan al-Tuhami, in the presence of the late Moroccan King Hassan II was behind encouraging Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat to announce his determination to visit occupied Jerusalem.
Egypt-Morocco, Politics, 7/26/1999
OAU statement on the Eritrea-Ethiopia conflict
Here is the full text of the Organization of African Unity press release on the Eritrea-Ethiopia Conflict issued by the OAU Information Division:
Eritrea-Ethiopia, Politics, 7/26/1999
AL chief sends invitation messages to Arab FM s
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid on Sunday sent messages to all Arab foreign ministers, inviting them to attend the 112th session of the AL council due to be held on September 4 and 5 in Cairo, as well as the topics listed on the meeting's agenda.
Regional, Politics, 7/26/1999
Iran welcomes Turkey's decision on recent border events
The spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Hamid Rida Asefi, said in a statement that Iran proposed following the attack launched by several Turkish warplanes against the Iranian territories that a joint delegation from the two countries inspect the site which was exposed to the bombardment in order to study and evaluate the volume of losses resulting from the attack.
Iran-Turkey, Politics, 7/26/1999
Sudan calls for ceasing fire in its south
Sudan has called for a complete ceasefire in all parts of Sudan.
Sudan, Politics, 7/26/1999
Eritrea, Ethiopia and the peace plan
President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea on Sunday in Asmara asserted that his country has approved the peace plan arrangements put forth by the Organization of African Unity in order to put an end to his country's fighting with Ethiopia.
Eritrea-Ethiopia, Politics, 7/26/1999
New Moroccan king married secretly
Governmental sources in Rabat said on Sunday that King Muhammad VI, who has become the king of Morocco has gotten married secretly, just few hours following the death of his father Hassan II.
Morocco, Politics, 7/26/1999
New strategy for USAID
The executive manager of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in Cairo, Richard Brown, has finished the drafting of general guidelines for the strategy for new donations, aimed at increasing the rate of growth, foreign investments and exports as well as boosting the private sector in Egypt.
Egypt-USA, Economics, 7/26/1999
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Moroccan Premier Abderrahmane Youssoufi had Sunday in Rabat talks with US President Bill Clinton shortly after the funeral of the late King Hassan II. "We have reviewed the situation in Morocco, the underway socioeconomic developments projects and the backing the kingdom awaits from its friends throughout the world and especially from the United States," Youssoufi told reporters after his meeting with President Clinton. "We also reviewed Morocco-US relations," the premier added, noting that the US president pledged to spare no effort to strengthen further partnership and cooperation ties with Morocco.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak met with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and Jordan's King Abdullah on the margin of the funeral of King Hassan II. US President Bill Clinton also met with Arafat and Barak, in the first trilateral meeting of its sort since Barak took office. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said the meeting tackled negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis, adding that the meeting tackled Israeli implementation of the Wye River accord, settlements, and Judaization of Jerusalem.
A celebration was held in Amman on Sunday to run a passenger train from Amman to the Jordanian border town of al-Mafraq in preliminary steps toward starting regular trips between Amman and Damascus, due on Thursday. The site of the celebration was decorated with pictures of Syrian President Hafez al-Assad and King Abdullah Bin Hussein of Jordan. It was attended by the Syrian charge de affairs in Amman and the chairman of the Syrian al-Hijaz railways.
Israeli warplanes on Sunday flew over the western and central sectors of south Lebanon, according to Lebanese security sources. The sources said the Israeli planes flew at medium altitude, reaching the city of Tyre. Earlier in the day, the pro-Israeli South Lebanon Army militia shelled Maymas road, Marj al-Zuhour, the course of al-Fater river, al-Debki forests and al-Daher mountain. The SLA militia also combed the suburbs of Qelya town and the Litani river course, using machine guns.
Israeli sources said that during their discussions at the funeral of Morocco's King Hassan II, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika congratulated Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak for winning his post in Israel, confirming his optimism because Barak has to power. The sources added that Barak promised to Bouteflika that he would achieve progress in the peace process along all tracks, specifically the Syrian and Palestinian tracks, expressing his hope for Syrian cooperation to ratify peace before the start of the new century.
The sixth meeting of the coordination committee of the league of Arab and African social and tribal activists met on Saturday night in Tripoli, Libya with the participation of delegations from Sudan, Chad, Jordan, Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania, Egypt, Djibouti, Comoros, Tunisia and Libya.
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria on Sunday made telephone calls to the Presidents of Togo and Madagascar, and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela. Talks during the telephone conversations dealt with the recent African summit held in Algiers and several issues of mutual concern.
The Tunisian banking company has raised an international bid to sell two hotels, in light of the program of Tunisian government for privatization: the Mimosas hotel in Terka and the Tours Oasis hotel in Tours, an official statement said. The last date for buying from the Ministry of Economic Development, which is responsible for the privatization program, is on September 11 one hotel and on August 28 for the second one.
Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah received a message from US President Bill Clinton on Sunday in Kuwait. A statement released by the Kuwaiti Emir's court on Sunday said the message pertains to relations between the two countries and efforts made to revive and reactivate the Middle East peace process.
Israeli sources announced that British Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Hoon will arrive in Israel today in the course of his tour of the Middle East. Israel Radio said the British minister will meet with Israeli President Ezer Weisman as well as the Israeli foreign minister and minister of justice, David Levy and Yossi Beilin, respectively.
Arab diplomatic sources in Damascus said Syrian President Hafez al-Assad has cancelled his travel to join the funeral of late Moroccan king El-Hassan - after Israeli officials expressed their hope towards convening a meeting between Barak and al-Assad at Rabat on the margin of the funeral.
US President Bill Clinton on Sunday said that on Saturday he had talked on the telephone with the new Moroccan King Muhammad VI. Clinton said he pins great hopes on the new king. AFP quoted Clinton, who was then visiting Colorado, as saying that he is wishing good luck to the new king, who he said he had received earlier. Clinton said, "I have great expectations of resuming our efforts, which are so far successful concerning the Middle East peace process."
The Arab foreign ministers will convene the 112th session of the Arab League council on September 4 - 5, under the chairmanship of Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Said al-Sahaf.
Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jasem al-Thani on Saturday received a message from Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy. The Qatar News Agency said the message deals with developments in the Middle East peace process, noting that the message was delivered through diplomatic channels. This is, however, the first official declaration of exchanging messages between Qatar and Israel since the end of 1997.
US aircraft flying as part of Operation Northern Watch, which patrol the no-fly zone over northern Iraq bombed an Iraqi communications site today, a statement from the US European Command said. The statement said that the the US planes fired on the Iraqi site, "used to relay information from radars that in-turn target coalition aircraft," after they were fired on by Iraqi anti-aircraft artillery the statement said, adding that the planes left the area safely.