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Nine Algerian Islamists arrested in Morocco, following massacre
Moroccan security sources said that nine members of Algerian Islamic groups suspected of having committed a crime which claimed the lives of 29 persons on August 15 in southwest Algeria were arrested in Morocco and that they are detained by the Moroccan military security system.
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 8/26/1999
Mubarak addresses privatization projects, investment and future changes
Mubarak said that what is taking place is to offer the share of public funds participating in some investment banks in which the four Egyptian public banks participated. The trend in future "and not now" is to offer part of these banks in the form of shares to citizens to increase capital and realize participation and not sale, the President said.
Egypt, Economics, 8/26/1999
Egyptian - Norwegian talks on peace process
Moussa confirmed that there is a real and clear Syrian and Israeli desire to resume peace negotiations, in reply to questions asked by reporters at a press conference.
Egypt-Norway, Politics, 8/26/1999
Palestinian - Israeli initial agreement
Palestinian sources reported that the Israelis and Palestinians reached on Wednesday an initial agreement on the timetable for an Israeli military withdrawal from the West Bank according to the Wye Plantation agreement.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 8/26/1999
King Abdullah, Dutch FM discusses Middle East peace
King Abdullah II of Jordan on Wednesday discussed with Dutch Foreign Minister Jozias van Aartsen the Middle East peace process, relations between the two countries and means of strengthening them in various areas.
Jordan-Netherlands, Politics, 8/26/1999
Tunisian president says King Mohammed is a powerful support to continuation of joined march
Tunisian president Zine El-Abidine Benali said Wednesday King Mohammed VI of Morocco is a powerful support to the joined march towards achieving Maghreban peoples' aspirations to integration, unity, solidarity and to the perfection of the construction process of the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA).
Tunisia-Morocco, Politics, 8/26/1999
Moussa confers with Egyptian - Libyan committee on Sudanese reconciliation
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa has conferred with the Egyptian - Libyan joint committee concerned with achieving national reconciliation in Sudan.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 8/26/1999
Cem statements on Syria
Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem has expressed his country's readiness to visit Syria. He welcomed a visit by Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa if the two foreign ministers' schedule permits such a visit.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 8/26/1999
Emir of Qatar gets a message from Saudi crown prince
Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khaleifa al-Thani on Wednesday received a verbal message from Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz pertaining to bilateral relations between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Qatar-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 8/26/1999
Ruler of Kuwait, meetings and messages
Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Wednesday in Kuwait received the chairman of the Jordanian royal court, Abdul Karim al-Kabareiti, currently visiting Kuwait.
Kuwait-Jordan, Politics, 8/26/1999
Mubarak hopes to achieve peace soon
In a meeting with Egyptian university students, Egyptian President Honsi Mubarak expressed his hope of achieving peace in the Middle East and Israeli implementation of the Wye River accord and adherence to international laws and decisions.
Egypt-Regional, Politics, 8/26/1999
Arab League chief statement on next session
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid has stressed that Israel's occupation of the Syrian Golan Heights, south Lebanon and the Palestinian territories are on the forefront of works of the AL council due to be held in September.
Regional, Politics, 8/26/1999
Algerian youth delegation visits Egypt, Tunis, Libya
A delegation of Algerian youths is currently visiting Cairo amid the campaign to boost the civil reconciliation law in Algeria.
Algeria-Regional, Politics, 8/26/1999
Yemen's foreign debts worth 4.76 billion dollars
The total of Yemen's foreign debts due to international and regional organizations and countries through the end of last year, amounted to $4.764 billion.
Yemen, Economics, 8/26/1999
Turkish FM discuss economic and military cooperation with Kuwait
Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, currently visiting Kuwait, said his talks with Kuwaiti officials will deal with the military area and other regional issues in which it would avail Kuwait and Turkey to play an active and mutual bilateral role.
Kuwait-Turkey, Politics, 8/26/1999
Ben Ali calls for founding of a world solidarity fund
Tunisian President Zein al-Abidin Ben Ali called on all world leaders and international corporations to establish a world solidarity fund that would "collect donations and voluntary contributions and use them in the struggle against poverty and for the development of the most deprived regions in various parts of the world, particularly the most disadvantaged countries and the countries in the grip of various scourges and crises."
Tunisia-Regional, Politics, 8/26/1999
Visit of Egyptian youth delegation to Tunisia concludes
Ambassador Kotb said the relations between Egypt and Tunis are distinguished by visits of youth delegations of the two countries that enhance the ties of brotherhood between them and can achieve the mutual benefits.
Egypt-Tunisia, Politics, 8/26/1999
Khartoum accuses Garang's forces of breaching ceasefire
The Sudanese government announced that the Sudanese People's Liberation Army has violated the ceasefire announced in Blue Nile state.
Sudan, Politics, 8/26/1999
Jordanian artists against normalization with Israel
The Jordanian Artists Union on Wednesday removed one of its members for reasons including carrying out normalization activities with Israel.
Jordan, Politics, 8/26/1999
Norway's FM confers with Arafat
Norwegian Foreign Minister Knut Vollebaek has called for proceeding forward with implementing the Palestinian-Israeli agreement as well as to keep continuing negotiations between the two sides.
Palestine, Politics, 8/26/1999
Egypt, India propose garment plant
The chairman of Egypt's General Authority for Investment, Ibrahim Fawzi, and a delegation from the Indo-African Chamber of Commerce discussed the establishment of a $100 million plant for ready-made garments in Cairo, the Indian Ambassador to Egypt, Shiv Shankar Mukherjee, who attended the meeting yesterday, said.
Egypt-India, Business, 8/26/1999
Increasing deaths in Iraq as a result of the embargo
A statement released by the Iraqi Ministry of Health said on Wednesday that 10,047 Iraqis including 7,297 children under five died during July because of diseases such as diarrhea, breathing problems and malnutrition.
Iraq, Health, 8/26/1999
Cairo calls on Tehran to cooperate for the interests of all
In a new openness step towards Tehran, the chairman of the Egyptian interests office in Iran, Muhammad al-Refaee Fathi al-Tantawi, called for cooperation between Cairo and Tehran, saying this would be "useful for all Islamic nations."
Egypt-Iran, Politics, 8/26/1999
Slovak deputy foreign minister to visit Cairo soon
Slovak Deputy Foreign Minister Galibio Yaroslan is due to pay a visit to Cairo during September.
Egypt-Slovakia, Politics, 8/26/1999
Yemeni warning to kidnappers of French couple
The governor of Sanaa Naji al-Soufi on Wednesday conveyed a warming from the Yemeni government to the Bani Jabr tribe in eastern Yemen, which holds two French hostages, as well as calling for releasing the couple unconditionally and very soon.
Yemen, Politics, 8/26/1999
Cement firm Cior to build $102 million cement plant
Moroccan cement firm Cior (CIOR.CS) said it would build a 1.0 billion dirhams ($101.8 million) cement plant to expand its share in the local market.
Morocco, Business, 8/26/1999
New Syrian aid batches for Turkey
A new batch of Syrian humanitarian aid arrived on Wednesday at the Turkish land border point of Ein Dalfa. The batch includes 479 boxes of various medical items.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 8/26/1999
Arab states boycott Burger King for establishing projects in occupied territories
The Arab states approved yesterday a boycotting of the US - British Burger King company for establishing a branch in a Jewish settlement in the occupied Arab territories.
Regional, Politics, 8/26/1999
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Norwegian Foreign Minister Knut Vollebaek conveyed a communique from Syrian President Hafez al-Assad to the Israeli government expressing the concerns of Syria and its hopes to resume the peace process from its stopping point. Following his meeting with his Israeli counterpart, David Levy, Vollebaek expressed his belief in a great chance for achieving the peace the region, saying there are strong hopes depending on the new Israeli government to achieve this aim. He said that although Syria had confidence in Israel, Syria had begun to lose its patience.
The Egyptian foreign minister for African affairs, Ibrahim Ali Hassan, said today that Foreign Minister Amr Moussa will head the Egyptian delegation to the meetings of the Organization of African Unity foreign ministers in the Libyan city of Syrte on September 6 - 7, in preparation for the fourth exceptional African summit, which is to be held on September 7 - 8, according to the call of Libya, approved by the OAU summit held in Algeria during July.
The Jordanian authorities on Wednesday announced the establishment of a Jordanian- Syria free trade zone with a capital of 60 million Syrian pounds, to be borne by the two governments and built on the joint borders on an area of 6,000 dunnums.
The first deputy for the speaker of the Jordanian Parliament, Bassam Haddadin, has welcomed the idea of establishing integration between Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, hoping that such a formula will be a "cornerstone in establishing an Arab unity." In a statement to the Jordanian daily al-Dostour, Haddadin urged the leaders of the three countries to intensify their efforts to achieve such an objective, indicating that such a "formula" is still so far a "mere desire."
King Mohammed VI has renewed an invitation to Chinese President Jiang Zemin to visit Morocco next October. The invitation was extended during a meeting between the sovereign and China's ambassador in Morocco, Mu Wen.
The representative of the UN secretary general in charge of following up on the condition of the Lebanese detainees and prisoners in the Israeli jails will visit Lebanon and Israel during September in order to discuss the conditions of the Lebanese detainees. Lebanon's permanent representative at the UN, Salim Tadmuri, said he has told the Lebanese government that the UN official will discuss with the US officials the possibility of releasing Lebanese detainees, to improve detention conditions and treat those detainees in line with international agreements.
The Palestinian government's envoy to the US, Hassan Abdul Rahman, has announced that Palestinian President Yasser Arafat will head for the US on September 22 for a visit to Washington to hold talks with the US President Bill Clinton on negotiations with Israel.
The assistant secretary general of the Syrian Baath Arab Socialist Party, Abdullah al-Ahmar, on Wednesday in Damascus received the secretary general of the Jordanian Communist Party, Munir al-Hamarenah. Talks dealt with relations between the two parties and their activities in serving the interests of the two states as well as the Arab states.
King Mohammed VI has congratulated Moroccan athlete, Hicham El-Guerrouj, for his triumph Tuesday in Seville where he won the 1,500 m world title for the second consecutive time. El-Guerrouj, 25, who confirmed his supremacy over the 1,500 m distance, has retained his world 1,500-meter title, setting a new championship record clocking 3:27.65 which is the fifth-fastest time ever run at that distance.
The Lebanese daily al-Nahar said in today's issue that according to Palestinian sources in Cairo, the secretary general of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Nayef Hawatemah, and a group of his close aides have started preparations to move to Cairo after the front's relations with other Palestinian opposition groups that take Damascus as a headquarters have worsened since the handshake between Hawatemah and Israeli President Ezer Weizman on the sidelines of the funeral of King Hussein last February.
The second phase of "Iron Magic 1999 " between troops from the United Arab Emirates and US armed forces started on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi. The Gulf News Agency said that this phase covers the implementation of several bilateral training between the two sides, aiming at raising fighting capabilities and helping prepare the UAE forces.
Morocco's exports of early fruits and vegetables progressed by 31% during the 1998-99 season to 394,000 tons against 300,000 tons sold in the previous season. Exports of tomatoes rose to 12,000 tons while those of potatoes and fruits went up respectively to 62,000 tons and 21,000 tons, says the Moroccan agriculture department in its latest news bulletin.
Some 36,157 Moroccans have obtained Belgian nationality during the past twelve years, says a report released by a Belgian center.