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Al-Assad, King Abdullah review Middle East developments
Syrian President Hafez al-Assad and King Abdullah of Jordan on Monday in Damascus reviewed the latest political developments, contacts in both the regional and international arenas and efforts to revitalize the Middle East peace process.
Syria-Jordan, Politics, 7/27/1999
Yemeni President to meet with King Fahd
Saudi Arabia-Yemen, Politics, 7/27/1999
King Fahd, Saleh meet in support of bilateral relations
The Saudi News Agency on Monday reported that King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz, currently in Marbia, Spain, received on Monday Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh for the first time in two years.
Saudi Arabia-Yemen, Politics, 7/27/1999
Kuwait, Khartoum end one decade of boycott
On Monday, both Kuwait and Khartoum ended one decade of boycott and restored their diplomatic relations to what they had been before the Gulf War.
Sudan-Kuwait, Politics, 7/27/1999
Endorsing eight Egyptian - Turkish accords
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Turkish President Suleiman Demirel witnessed the endorsing of eight agreements between Egypt and Turkey.
Egypt-Turkey, Politics, 7/27/1999
Egyptian FM discuss Iraq, Sudan, Gulf and trade with British minister
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa met on Monday in Cairo with British Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Hoon. Following the meeting, Moussa said that talks with Hoon dealt with matters of mutual concern.
Egypt-UK, Politics, 7/27/1999
Abu Ali Mustafa, rather than Habash, to meet with Arafat
The People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine on Monday announced that a delegation from the front led by its assistant secretary general, Abu Ali Mustafa, will meet with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat at the beginning of August in Cairo, thereby denying reports that the front's secretary general, George Habash will meet with Arafat.
Palestine, Politics, 7/27/1999
Qatari intelligence detours the plane of coup convict
The Qatari daily al-Watan published on Monday said that Qatari intelligence has diverted the private plane of the main figure convicted in the failed coup attempt in Qatar in 1996 toward Doha to arrest him.
Qatar, Politics, 7/27/1999
Iran: Relations with Syria will not be affected by peace talks with Israel
Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ata Allah Muhajirani, currently visiting Jordan, has asserted that Syrian-Iranian relations of "strategic nature" will not be affected by the Syrian-Israeli peace negotiations which are expected to be resumed very soon.
Syria-Iran, Politics, 7/27/1999
Barak to meet with Arafat, Mubarak
Sources at the Israeli prime minister's office have asserted that Ehud Barak is making moves in preparation for his meeting today with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat at Erez barrier, near the Gaza Strip.
Regional-Israel, Politics, 7/27/1999
Al-Mihdar asks pardoning against halting activities
Abu Baker al-Mihdar, known as Abu Hassan, who is sentenced to death in Yemen on Monday extended an appeal to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh asking for a pardoning for him and other members in his organization against halting their activities.
Yemen, Politics, 7/27/1999
Lebanese president, prime minister confer with Polish FM
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud on Monday in Beirut received Polish Foreign Minister Bronislaw Geremek, who started an official visit to Lebanon on Sunday night.
Lebanon-Poland, Politics, 7/27/1999
David Levy calls on al-Assad for negotiations
Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy called today on Syrian President Hafez al-Assad to start direct negotiations with Israel instead of sending messages by the means of third parties.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 7/27/1999
Sea passenger line between Iraq and Bahrain
A high-ranking official at the Iraqi Ministry of Transport and Communications said on Monday in Baghdad that a sea line will be shortly opened to transport passengers between Iraq and Bahrain.
Iraq-Bahrain, Economics, 7/27/1999
Clinton voices confidence in Morocco's new king
US President Bill Clinton on Sunday voiced confidence in King Mohammed Ibn Al-Hassan and the will to consolidate partnership with Morocco.
Morocco-USA, Politics, 7/27/1999
Bouteflika sees future of Moroccan-Algerian ties with optimism
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said he envisions the future of relations between Morocco and Algeria with optimism.
Algeria-Morocco, Politics, 7/27/1999
Demirel :Middle East should be a zone free of mass destruction weapons
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Turkish President Suleiman Demirel convened a press conference yesterday at Rasel-Tein in Alexandria.
Egypt-Turkey, Politics, 7/27/1999
Palestinian opposition fails to make a statement against Oslo
Palestinian sources in Damascus told a London-based daily that the follow-up committee of the Palestinian National Conference, which opposes the amendment of the Palestinian charter, "failed" on Monday to release an official statement implying stances towards debated issues.
Palestine, Politics, 7/27/1999
Continued Israeli aggressions against south Lebanon
Israeli warplanes on Monday raided for the third time al-Qeseyeh valley between al-Sawanneh and al-Tamereyah. News reports from south Lebanon said the Israeli warplanes dropped air-surface missiles against the targeted area, resulting in fires in the plantations. The mock and provocative raids launched by the Israeli warplanes prevented access of firefighting equipment to the area.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 7/27/1999
Iraqi - Indian talks on mutual economic cooperation
Iraqi - Indian talks began in Baghdad yesterday to address upgrading mutual cooperation between the two countries in the fields of petroleum, trade, agriculture and industry.
Iraq-India, Economics, 7/27/1999
Iran refuses Turkish premier's statements
Iran has refused statements made by Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit concerning a claimed presence of members of the Kurdistani Workers Party (PKK) in the Iranian territories, stressing that these statements are groundless.
Turkey-Iran, Politics, 7/27/1999
World women's conference to be held in Yemen
The regional bureau of the World Federation for Women will convene its first regional conference in Sanaa on August 10 - 12.
Regional-Yemen, Culture, 7/27/1999
Moroccan royal palace denies rumors of secret marriage for new king
The royal palace in Rabat stressed on Monday that the new Moroccan King Muhammad VI is still single and that he did not got married secretly, and thereby denies the widespread rumors in this respect.
Morocco, Politics, 7/27/1999
Secret contacts between Israel and Algeria
The former Israeli ambassador in Paris, Obadieh Sofier, has said in a statement to the Israeli radio on Monday that secret talks were held between Israel and Algeria between 1986-1988.
Algeria-Israel, Politics, 7/27/1999
U.S. lifts sanctions on food, medicine exports to Iran, Libya, Sudan
U.S. sanctions against Iran, Libya and Sudan will be eased starting from Tuesday to allow American companies to sell them food, medicine and medical equipment, Deputy Treasury Secretary Stuart Eizenstat announced Monday.
Regional-USA, Economics, 7/27/1999
Hizbullah secretary general: Syria not to attempt to end Hizbullah attacks
Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of Hizbullah in south Lebanon, stated that Syria did not place any pressure on them to halt the attacks of the resistance against the Israeli occupation army in south Lebanon.
Lebanon, Politics, 7/27/1999
Sudan prefers Libyan mediation in reconciliation with opposition
Sudan announced yesterday that they prefer to make Libyan mediation rather than Egyptian mediation to achieve reconciliation with the Sudanese opposition.
Sudan-Libya, Politics, 7/27/1999
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The World Bank and the European Union have decided to offer a donation worth 100 million pounds to build 100 schools in El-Fayoum, south of Cairo. The governor of El-Fayoum, General Mohammed Hassan Tantawi, told ArabicNews.com today that the donation, besides the specified credit, is enough to meet the needs of all the governorate's towns for new schools until the year 2005.
Iraqi Oil Minister Amer Mohammed Rasheed stated that Iraq intends to be the world's second-largest oil producer by early 2000. He said that Iraq intends to reach an output next year of over 3.5 million bpd, adding that Iraq had only received $50 million in spare parts out of $300 million allotted by the UN, the Iraqi News Agency reported.
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid is to arrive today in Doha to meet with Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khaleifa al-Thani and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jasem Bin Jaber in order to discuss the Middle East peace process and the possibility of convening an Arab summit.
Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Mohamed Benaissa said Morocco's diplomatic options will not change after the demise of late King Hassan II. In a statement to the London-based arab daily "Asharq Al-Awsat," Benaissa insisted, "Nothing has changed and nothing will change in this field."
Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz met on Monday in Baghdad with the chairman of the Political Department of the PLO, Farouk Qaddoumi. The two sides discussed recent developments in relations between Iraq and the UN and challenges impeding the Arab states and means of unifying Arab ranks.
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika held talks on Sunday in Rabat with the new Moroccan King Muhammad Bin Hassan. Earlier, the Algerian president took part in the funeral ceremony for the late Moroccan king.
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika received a message on Sunday from US President Bill Clinton in which Clinton asserted his readiness to continue the US role in giving the Middle East peace process a push forward and helping sides concerned to achieve genuine progress on all peace tracks.
Six formations of US and British jets flew 25 sorties from Saudi airspace over al-Ma'aniya, as-Salman and Sbeicha in Iraq while 16 sorties were flown from Turkish airspace, the Iraqi News Agency reported.
Following the death of king Hassan II last Friday, the UN mission supervising the referendum in the Sahara (MINURSO) decided to suspend for a week all identification and appeals operations of persons entitled to vote in the self-determination referendum the UN is planning to hold in the Sahara by July 2000.
Several festivities and events were canceled in Morocco as 40 days of mourning were decreed following the demise of late King Hassan II last Friday.
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud received renowned Egyptian writer and journalist Muhammad Hasanin Haikal on Monday in Beirut. The two men reviewed various regional and international matters, especially the Lebanese position concerning the Middle East peace process. A similar meeting was also held between Haikal and Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss.