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Arab sources criticize Kuwait for snubbing Arafat, shaking hands with Barak
Arab sources criticized Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah for refusing to shake hands with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat at the funeral of King Hassan II, while greeting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.
Palestine-Kuwait, Politics, 7/28/1999
Albright to visit Damascus in mid-August
Arab sources told ArabicNews.com today that US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will visit Syria on August 17 in an official visit, during which she is to meet with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad and Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa to discuss means of resuming negotiations with Israel.
Syria-Jordan-USA, Politics, 7/28/1999
Egypt, Bulgaria upgrade cooperation
The ambassador of Bulgaria in Cairo, Mikhael Antof, confirmed that the coming period will witness cooperation Egypt in different domains.
Egypt-Bulgaria, Economics, 7/28/1999
Egypt organizes conference on nuclear reactors, uranium
The Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Power is to organize an international conference in Cairo on uses of atomic energy and producing radioisotopes, during the first week of November.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 7/28/1999
Algerian reactions to Bouteflika - Barak meeting
Reactions to the meeting held between Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in Rabat on the sidelines of King Hassan II's funeral continued on Tuesday to be either supportive or condemning.
Algeria, Politics, 7/28/1999
Report: Sudan hands over one man accused in foiled assassination attempt against Mubarak to Egypt
Foreign diplomatic sources in Cairo said on Monday that the Sudanese government has handed over in top secret way one of the persons who are accused of being involved in the foiled assassination attempt against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Addis Ababa in 1995.
Sudan-Egypt, Politics, 7/28/1999
Sudan returns confiscated possessions attack to the opposition
A Sudanese newspaper said yesterday that the Sudanese government is currently getting ready to return possessions confiscated from the leader of opposing Democratic National Alliance, Mohammed Othman El-Merghani.
Sudan, Politics, 7/28/1999
Jordanian officials meet with Polish FM
Jordanian Prime Minister Abdul Raouf al-Rawabdeh on Tuesday in Amman reviewed with Polish Foreign Minister Bronislaw Geremek the Middle East peace process developments amid the optimistic atmospheres prevailing toward resuming this process on all tracks and the keenness of all sides to reach tangible results to achieve a comprehensive peace.
Jordan-Poland, Politics, 7/28/1999
Khartoum: Independent paper banned
A source at the editing department of the independent Sudanese daily al-Rai al-Am said on Tuesday that the national council for the press decided on Monday to suspend the release of the paper on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Sudan, Politics, 7/28/1999
Palestine hails Cairo meeting between Arafat, opposition
Palestinian political forces welcomed the meetings to be held between Palestinian opposition factions and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat in Cairo on Sunday to discuss boosting Palestinian national unity and preparing for final status negotiations with Israel.
Palestine, Politics, 7/28/1999
Arafat urges Barak to implement Wye River accord
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat called yesterday evening on Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak to immediately implement the Wye River accord, considering the abidance of Palestinians with implementing all their commitments in signed accords, including security commitments, combating terrorism and violence either from Palestinian or Israel.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 7/28/1999
Palestinian people's front delegation to meet Fatah movement on Sunday
The People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine has announced the formation of a delegation which will take part in the meeting with the Fatah movement next Sunday in Cairo.
Palestine, Politics, 7/28/1999
Habash holds Arafat responsible for crisis
The secretary general of the People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine has held Palestinian President Yasser Arafat responsible for the current crisis resulting from the current policy he pursues and called for changing it.
Palestine, Politics, 7/28/1999
Damascus refuses to modify stance toward withdrawal from the Golan
Damascus has renewed its confirmations that it will not modify its stance toward an Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights to the June 4, 1967 borders and resuming negotiations from the point at which stopped, in light of achieving a just and comprehensive peace according to the Madrid conference terms of reference.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 7/28/1999
Syrian newspaper criticizes campaign showing Syria as ruining peace
The newspaper said that those who really want peace don't need time limitations but express their desire directly through immediate action to establish a firm basis for a just and comprehensive settlement.
Syria, Politics, 7/28/1999
Israel continues aggressions against south Lebanon
Lebanese resistance forces on Tuesday carried out a number of operations against the Israeli occupation forces and their South Lebanon Army militia allies in the occupied part of south Lebanon.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 7/28/1999
Italian oil group sings agreement with Libyan government
The Italian Oil Group (ENI) said Tuesday that it has signed an agreement with Libya for the building of sea pipeline to transport Libyan gas to Italy.
Libya-Italy, Economics, 7/28/1999
EU voices support for Middle East peace
The European Union's Middle East peace process special envoy Miguel Angel Moratinos has asserted the intention of the EU to continue exerting all-out efforts for moving the Middle East peace process forward.
Regional-European Union, Politics, 7/28/1999
Succession conditions in Morocco reassuring for foreign investors
The good conditions of the succession of King Mohammed Ben Al-Hassan to the throne after the demise last Friday of his father, the late King Hassan II, are reassuring foreign investors in Morocco, stated a French economic daily on Tuesday.
Morocco, Business, 7/28/1999
New Arab leaders
A British daily in its Tuesday's issue spoke about the future of a new generation of Arab leaders in Jordan, Bahrain and Morocco. The paper noted that the signals given and indications from those leaders are much better than had expected.
Regional, Politics, 7/28/1999
Report: A secret US plan in northern Iraq
A Turkish paper said that the US diplomat who is in charge of coordinating the Iraqi opposition, Frank Ricciardone, visited the Turkish embassy in Washington on July 12 and asked Turkey to take part in organizing a meeting for the Iraqi National Congress in northern Iraq and to ensure the security of the meeting.
Iraq-Turkey-USA, Politics, 7/28/1999
On relations between Morocco and Israel
A British daily said on Tuesday that the death of King Hassan II of Morocco on Friday gave rise to revelation of several secrets on intelligence relations between Morocco and Israel.
Morocco-Israel, Politics, 7/28/1999
New man accused in the coup attempt arrested in Qatar
The Qatari authorities on Tuesday arrested a new man who is accused in the failed coup attempt that took place in February 1996.
Qatar, Politics, 7/28/1999
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Moroccan Interior Minister Driss Basri, said King Mohammed Ben Al-Hassan will continue on the path of progress and underlined that this progress will cover not only the consolidation of democracy and freedoms, but also the strengthening of the state and its implements and the development of the Moroccan people.
The Turkish daily al-Zaman said on Tuesday that the recent visit of Turkish President Suleiman Demirel to Israel, Gaza, Amman, Cairo and Rabat stressed that Turkey is one of the key players in the region. The paper said that Demirel's recent visits have contributed to increasing the volume of the Turkish presence and influence in the region and that Turkey could silence the Egyptian criticism for the Turkish-Israeli cooperation. The Turkish paper added that these visits are aimed at sending a message that Turkey will play a role in the Middle East.
US jets today bombed "an AAA emplacement and a communication site" in Iraq, both located north of Mosul, the US European Command said from Incirlik (Turkey). It added that the attack came in response to Iraqi anti-aircraft fire which targeted the jets.
Moroccan Secretary of State in charge of cooperation, Ms. Aicha Belarbi, met Monday in Rabat Canadian minister in charge of Government affairs, Ms. Louise Beaudouin who was among the Canadian delegation that attended the funeral of the late King Hassan II. The two sides reviewed bilateral relations, cooperation prospects in various sectors and Morocco's efforts to promote literacy, improve women's situation and provide jobs to diploma holders.
The Egyptian Supreme Council for Antiquities has agreed to establish a new museum in Minya, specified for the era of Ekhanaton, where the museum will be built with a high level of technology, form and design. The museum will be built in cooperation between Egypt and Germany.
Israeli Minister of Industry and Trade Ran Cohen met with the industry official in the Palestinian Authority, Saad al-Karoum, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday. Israel Radio said the meeting dealt with a series of economic questions stated in the Wye River and Paris agreements as well as discussions of means of strengthening cooperation between the Israeli and Palestinian sides, especially in the areas of joint marketing of products.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal arrived in Tripoli on Tuesday in a visit to Libya which will last for several days. In an arrival statement, the Saudi foreign minister said this visit falls in the course of continued consultations between the two states in order to follow up on what had been agreed upon during the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz to Libya.
Israeli political sources said that contacts are being made between Tel Aviv and Moscow in order to arrange for a visit by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak to Russia next week. Israel Radio said talks Barak will hold with high-ranking Russian officials will deal with resuming the peace process in the region.
The secretary general of the People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine on Tuesday denied in a statement to the BBC news that Damascus had asked the Palestinian groups in Syria to drop their weapons or adopt the Middle East peace process.
Experts from Israel, Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority in Jerusalem on Tuesday highlighted the results of an experiment conducted to use pesticides in a secure way. Israel Radio reported that joint experiments were carried out in the Ghour al-Aurdon (Jordan Valley) on the Israeli and Jordanian sides of the border with US financing, aimed at using pesticides successfully and minimizing the use of dangerous materials.
Israel Radio quoted Jordanian press sources as saying on Tuesday that arrangements are underway between Cairo, Amman and Damascus to convene an Egyptian, Jordanian and Syrian summit in Alexandria within the coming days in order to coordinate stances toward the peace process.
King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday received a message from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak pertaining to Arab efforts to give the Middle East peace process a push forward. The message was delivered by the Egyptian ambassador to Riyadh, Hilmi Bedier, to the Saudi deputy premier and chief of the National Guard, Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz. This is the second message, the Saudi king has received this week.