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Chinese economic delegation visits Egypt today
A Chinese economic delegation representing large Chinese commercial and industrial companies is to arrive in Cairo today.
Egypt-China, Economics, 8/20/1999
Moroccan-Algerian summit could be held at end of mourning period
An Algerian-Moroccan summit could be held at the end of the forty-day mourning period decreed in Morocco after the passing away last July 23 of King Hassan II, Moroccan Foreign Minister Mohammed Benaissa said Thursday in Algiers.
Algeria-Morocco, Politics, 8/20/1999
Revolution of king and people, decisive turning point in struggle for Morocco's liberation
Forty six years ago, the Moroccan people stood up as one man in a unanimous, spontaneous move of patriotism and solidarity to foil the plot hatched against their country by the French colonial authorities which exiled on August 20, 1953 the late King Mohammed V and the royal family to Corsica and few months later to Madagascar
Morocco, History, 8/20/1999
Hawatmeh ready to participate in negotiations of Palestinian final status, with conditions
Nayef Hawatmeh, the secretary general of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said yesterday that he is ready to participate, conditionally, in final status negotiations with Israel.
Palestine, Politics, 8/20/1999
Syrian newspapers hail Albright's statements
Syria-USA, Politics, 8/20/1999
Lebanon gives up implementation of a decision concerning Palestinians
Former chairman of the Palestinian National Council Khaled al-Fahoum told the Kuwaiti daily al-Rai al-Am that the Lebanese government has recently given up a decision which was taken by the end of last June which permitted, according to it, the Palestinians who carry Syrian documents to enter Lebanon, having the same treatments as the Syrians, without needs for prior security measures.
Lebanon-Syria, Politics, 8/20/1999
Local council elections in Iraq
Some ten million Iraqi citizens started today the voting operations to elect local councils in the country.
Iraq, Politics, 8/20/1999
Egyptian representative at AL denies disputes over Iraqi council presidency
Egypt's permanent representative at the Arab League, Wajih Hadi, has denied the existence of any Arab disputes over Iraq's presidency of the AL council in its coming session, which was postponed until September 12 and 13.
Regional-Egypt, Politics, 8/20/1999
September 12, the meeting for AL council
The Secretary General of the Arab league (A.L.) Esmat Abdul Meguid said on Thursday in Cairo that meetings of the 112th session of the foreign ministers will start on September 12 and will last for two days.
Regional, Politics, 8/20/1999
Meeting of the ministerial council for Group of 15 concludes
Egyptian Minister of Trade and Supply Ahmed Goweili said the ministerial meeting of the Group of 15 developing countries, which concluded its works recently in the Indian city of Bengalor, said this meeting aimed at coordinating the stances among the developing countries before the third ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization to meet in the US city of Seattle in November.
Egypt-International, Economics, 8/20/1999
Tunis: Concluding Arab businesswomen's meeting
The meeting was held in El-Hamamat city, 50 km from the Tunisian capital, on the occasion of Tunis's celebrations of women's festivals under the patronage of Laila Bin Ali, the wife of the Tunisian president.
Regional-Tunisia, Business, 8/20/1999
Arab human rights organization hails pardon of prisoners in Bahrain
The emir of Bahrain, Sheikh Hamad Bin Issa al-Khaleifa, received two messages of thanks and appreciation for the efforts made by Bahrain in the human rights area. The cables were sent by Jasem Abdul Aziz al-Qutami, the chairman of the Arab Organization for Human Rights and the organization's secretary general, Muhammad Faeq.
Bahrain, Politics, 8/20/1999
Reopening of Moroccan-Algerian land borders only a question of technical procedures, Moroccan spokesman
The reopening of land borders between Morocco and Algeria is only a question of technical and security procedures, the spokesman of the Moroccan government, Khalid Alioua, said Thursday in Rabat.
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 8/20/1999
Sudan stresses US violations of its territories
Sudan has reiterated that the US military attack against al-Shifaa medicinal factory in Khartoum in August 1998 constitutes a flagrant violation of Sudan's sovereignty and of all international norms and charters.
Sudan-USA, Politics, 8/20/1999
Economic performance witnesses development in Arab states
The Arab Monetary Fund in the United Arab Emirates confirmed that the economic performance of the nine states participating in the database of the Arab bond markets achieved tangible development
Regional, Economics, 8/20/1999
Palestinian companies take part in Las Vegas clothing fair to expand exports
A delegation of Palestinian companies and businessmen are to take part in an international clothing fair, which will be held in the US city of Las Vegas at the end of the current month.
Palestine, Business, 8/20/1999
Egypt: Attempts to found new party for Islamists
Egyptian Islamists have begun measures to found a new political party under the name of the El-Sharia Party (party of Islamic law).
Egypt, Politics, 8/20/1999
French - Iraqi cooperation in communications
The French company Alcatel has started upgrading the Iraqi telephone network, in light of convening a cooperation contract between the company and Baghdad.
Iraq-France, Business, 8/20/1999
Saudi cultural program in Belgium
A Saudi Islamic cultural program is to be held at the end of August in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, organized by the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs under the patronage of Saudi Minister of State Abdul Aziz Bin Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud.
Saudi Arabia-Belgium, Culture, 8/20/1999
Israel continues attacks against south Lebanon
The Israeli occupation forces on Thursday continued their attacks against areas adjacent to the occupied part of south Lebanon, using heavy machine guns and rockets.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 8/20/1999
Senegal wishes to become associate-member to maghreb union
Senegal wishes to obtain the status of associate-member within the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA), announced here Thursday the head of state Abdou Diouf.
Maghreb-Senegal, Politics, 8/20/1999
Morocco to host meeting of Inter-Parliamentary Union in September
Morocco will host next September 8-9 an Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting to prepare for the 3rd Millennium Parliament General Assembly to be held in 2000 at UN headquarters in New York.
Regional-Morocco-International, Politics, 8/20/1999
Baghdad summoned Izzat Ibrahim out of fear of war crimes issue
The deputy chairman of the Iraqi Revolution's Council leadership, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, arrived in Baghdad on Thursday night after returning from a trip for medical treatment in Austria described by some reports as having been cut short after calls were made to arrest him and try him as a "war criminal."
Iraq, Politics, 8/20/1999
Baghdad denies deputy prime minister was injured in assassination accident
Iraq denied yesterday what was said by the opposition groups in exile regarding the injury of Iraq Deputy Prime Minister Mohammed Hamzah El-Zebeidi in an attempt to kill him in Negaf city in southern Iraq.
Iraq, Politics, 8/20/1999
Israeli talks on staying in Lebanon is Israel's option
A report released by Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University called on the Israeli government to continue pursuing its current policy and its control of the security belt in south Lebanon until a settlement is achieved with the Syrians.
Regional-Israel, Politics, 8/20/1999
Iraq denies confiscating children powder milk, reexporting it
Iraq has denied accusations addressed to it by the US concerning children powdered milk which is being obtained according to the oil-for-food program and reexporting it.
Iraq, Politics, 8/20/1999
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At the directives of Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, the Syrian government has decided to send urgent humanitarian aid to Turkey following the violent earthquake which hit several Turkish areas and resulted in heavy human and material casualties. On Thursday afternoon, the Syrian prime minister received the Turkish ambassador in Damascus and told him about the decision of the Syrian government to send urgent humanitarian aid to the people of Turkey. The Turkish ambassador conveyed greetings from Turkey's people and government to President al-Assad for sending a message of commiseration and condolences to the Turkish president and people on the victims of the earthquake.
Israel Radio said today that US Senator Arlen Specter said he had felt in Syrian President Hafez al-Assad during his recent meeting with him in Damascus "seriousness and readiness to resume negotiations with Israel." In a press conference he held in occupied Jerusalem today, Spector said Syria and Israel are passing a decisive phase pertaining to resuming negotiations in light of the formation of a new government in Israel.
Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi met in Rabat on Thursday with William Eagleton, special representative of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for the Sahara.
Moroccan King Mohammed the Six chaired yesterday the meeting of the administrative council for the solidarity corporation of King Mohammed the 5th, that was built by the late king El-Hassan the second, so as to combat poverty in the country. According to what was announced by the spokesman of the royal palace today, the council has discussed the establishment of a week for solidarity along with being committed to principals of transparency, credibility, brotherhood spirit and equality between the Moroccan people.
United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed al-Nahyan, started on Thursday a visit to Morocco. Sheikh Hamdan and the delegation accompanying him were welcomed at the airport by royal advisor Allal Sinaceur, Minister of Islamic Affairs Abdelkbir Alaoui Mdaghri, and Minister in charge of Maghreban, Arab and Islamic Affairs Abdeslam Znined.
Jordanian Interior Minister Nayef al-Qadi met yesterday in Amman with Comoran Vice President Mohmmad Farhan to discuss bilateral cooperation, especially in the area of security, Petra reported.
The Palestinian Authority and Israel signed an agreement Wednesday that will help shorten the time for delivery of mail from the Palestinian areas to Jordan and Egypt, inside the PA and between Israel and the PA, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak's media advisor said.
Algeria's Sonelgaz and the Abu Dhabi Development Fund signed on Wednesday an agreement for a $20 million loan at 3.5% interest annual, payable over 15 years, with which the Algerian company will help construct the Hamma power station, Algerian News Agency reported.
Yemen's Civil Aviation and Meteorology General Authority, the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Air Transport Association signed an agreement for an international team to visit Yemen's two international airports to learn about the steps being taken to prepare for any potential problems resulting from computer systems that incorrectly recognize the date next year as 1900 instead of 2000. The agreement also covers exchanges of information about the problem.
King Mohammed VI received in Rabat Thursday afternoon a delegation representing national federations of Muslims in France and Spain.
A security source in Beirut who follows up on investigations into the assassination of Hizbullah Party military official Ali Deeb, known as Abu Hassan Khudr Salamah, said that Israel had used a reconnaissance M.K. plane without pilot to detonate the two explosives which targeted the car of the late Hizbullah military leader while he was inside his car. The political source told the London-based al-Hayat daily that the investigation has preliminary information that affirms that Israel detonated the two explosives from the air by a reconnaissance plane which was flying over al-Nabatieh, and the two explosives were placed upon Deep's passing by.
Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah al-Sabah left for London on Wednesday in a private visit to undergo medical tests, according to Kuwaiti official sources. Two years ago Sheikh Saad underwent surgery in Kuwait. He had been under several medical tests in the US and Britain.