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Syrian, Finnish presidents review regional developments
President Hafez al-Assad on Sunday in Damascus reviewed with the Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari the latest developments in the Middle East and the Syrian President reiterated Syria's commitment to a just and comprehensive peace that restores lands and rights to their rightful owners.
Syria-Finland, Politics, 10/4/1999
Syria refutes Israeli allegations on promise of withdrawal from Golan
Syria's permanent representative to the UN, Mikhael Wahba, made on Friday evening a statement before the 54th session of the UN General Assembly in which he replied to claims stated by the Israeli representative to the UN, Dore Gold, in which the latter denied that there was any deposit to be delivered to the US saying that Israel to have had promised to withdraw to the June 4, 1967 border lines.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 10/4/1999
Bouteflika sends message of regret to Moroccan king
Algerian President Abdul Aziz Bouteflika has expressed his "regret and disappointment" over behaviors he did not specify. This was expressed in a message read on Algerian television on Saturday night, addressed to Morocco's King Muhammad VI.
Algeria-Morocco, Politics, 10/4/1999
Moussa: Expansion of Maelia Adomim settlement requires the United Nation's interference
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa criticized Israel's insistence on going on in the settlement policy because it spoils the peace process and its surrounding atmosphere.
Egypt, Politics, 10/4/1999
King Abdullah to visit Washington Wednesday
Jordan's King Abdullah Bin Hussein will head on Wednesday to Washington for an official visit, during which he will meet with US President Bill Clinton to discuss the peace process and the US economic and military aid to Jordan.
Jordan-USA, Politics, 10/4/1999
Gulf tour for US defense secretary
US Secretary of Defense William Cohen is due to arrive in the next few days in Doha as part of a tour of some countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council, following his current Asian tour.
Gulf-Qatar-USA, Politics, 10/4/1999
Yemeni president takes constitutional oath
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Saturday took his constitutional oath before the Yemeni Parliament for the Yemeni Presidency after he won the presidential elections that took place in Yemen on September 23.
Yemen, Politics, 10/4/1999
Jordan asks Israel to close Dimona reactor
Jordan asked Israel yesterday to close the Dimona nuclear reactor and open its nuclear establishments to international inspection.
Jordan-Israel, Politics, 10/4/1999
El-Shawi: Visit of Iraqi vice president to Cairo personal
Sultan El-Shawi, Iraq's permanent representative to the Arab League, described the visit of Iraqi Vice President Taha Muhyi al-Din Maruf, who is well known in Cairo, as a personal and private visit without any political aspects.
Iraq, Politics, 10/4/1999
Palestinian- Israeli negotiation failed in opening the new secure passage
Palestinian and Israeli negotiators have failed for the third day to find a resolution to the continuing disputes concerning the secure passage which was scheduled to be opened yesterday, although Israeli officials said that proposals for reconciling the disputes were already drafted.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 10/4/1999
Sanaa: Trial for Islamic extremists today
The trial of a new group of Islamic extremists accused of participating in explosions in some Yemeni areas started today in Yemen.
Yemen, Politics, 10/4/1999
Opposition leader warns of the risks that threaten Sudan
Gazi Solieman, the head of the opposition Democratic Forces Front in Sudan, warned yesterday in a press conference held in Khartoum that, "Sudan is threatened by division," and he warned that the international community, especially civil rights organizations in the Western countries, incline toward the separation of the Sudanese south and north, because it considered the current civil war as an ethnic and religious war between the Moslems of the north and the inhabitants of the south.
Sudan, Politics, 10/4/1999
Hizbullah vows not to stop fighting against Israel
The deputy secretary general of the Hizbullah party, Sheikh Naeem Qasem, said Hizbullah will not halt its operations against Israeli objectives in occupied south Lebanon during the expected negotiations between Syria, Israel and Lebanon.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 10/4/1999
King Abdullah confers with Italian army's chief of staff
The two sides reviewed relations between Jordan and Italy and areas of cooperation between the two countries, especially in defense matters and exchanging joint expertise and training.
Jordan-Italy, Politics, 10/4/1999
Moussa, al-Mahdi meet on reconciliation in Sudan
Foreign Minister Amr Moussa yesterday conferred with Sudanese Ummah Party Leader Al-Sadek Al-Mahdi who said that the meeting was part of continued contacts Moussa was making with the different parties on realizing reconciliation in Sudan.
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 10/4/1999
On talks between al-Sharaa and Clinton
The British news bulletin Mideast Mirror said in its Sunday issue that the talks held between Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa and the US President Bill Clinton were not decisive.
Syria-USA, Politics, 10/4/1999
Explosive charge went off in Beirut
An explosive charge went off on Sunday at noon inside Mar Jerjus (Saint George) church in al-Dekwaneh in the Eastern Suburbs of the Lebanese capital, Beirut.
Lebanon, Local, 10/4/1999
Iran, Kuwait for boosting economic relations
Kuwaiti Minister of Trade and Industry Abdul Wahab al-Wazzan, currently visiting Iran to take part in the meeting of Tehran International Fair, held talks on Sunday in Tehran with officials in Gilan province, northern Iran.
Kuwait-Iran, Politics, 10/4/1999
Trade relations discussed by Iraqi, Iranian ministers
Iranian Minister of Trade Muhammad Shareyat Madari discussed with Iraqi Minister of Industry Adnan Abdul Majeed on Sunday in Tehran during a meeting held on the sidelines of the Tehran International Exposition, the readiness of their two countries to strengthen bilateral trade exchange in the course of UN resolutions.
Iraq-Iran, Politics, 10/4/1999
US Anglican church delegation for boosting relations with Syrian women
A meeting was held on Saturday evening between the delegation of the American Anglican Church led by Anne Jones, Deputy President of the American Anglican Women league. Currently visiting Syria and several women activists at the hall of the " Holy Cross" Church in Damascus.
Syria, Religion, 10/4/1999
Gulf states conduct naval exercises
The naval forces of the Gulf Cooperation Council states started on Sunday joint maneuvers in the Gulf region.
Gulf, Military, 10/4/1999
Islamic countries call for Israeli pullout from the occupied Syrian Golan
The foreign ministers of the Islamic states have called for a complete Israeli withdrawal from the occupied Syrian Golan heights to the June 4, 1967 border lines. They also condemned Israel's refusal to abide by UN security council resolution 497 of 1981.
Regional, Politics, 10/4/1999
Iraq - US clashe in Muthanna province
Iraq-USA, Military, 10/4/1999
Delegation of French senate visits Laayoune
A delegation from the foreign affairs committee at the French senate, paid an information visit to the Moroccan southern city of Laayoune on Saturday.
Morocco-France, Politics, 10/4/1999
Arabs are not compelled to implement anti-Iraq embargo, says lawyers head
The Arab states are not compelled to implement the embargo imposed on Iraq, President of the Arab Lawyers Union, Sabah Al-Mokhtar, said. Article 58 of the United Nations charter exempts any country from implementing a U.N. decision that goes against its economic and security interests, said Al-Mokhtar.
Iraq-Regional, Politics, 10/4/1999
Daring operations carried out by Lebanese resistance-men
One Israeli soldier was wounded in South Lebanon when the Lebanese national resistance attacked Israeli moves of the pro-Israeli Lahd militia position in Balat inside the occupied part of South Lebanon.
Lebanon, Military, 10/4/1999
Concluding the second meeting of the US - Maghreb trade chambers
The second meeting of the US - Maghreb trade chambers concluded today in the Tunisian capital, aiming at increasing commercial exchange and joint investment among Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and the USA.
Maghreb-USA, Economics, 10/4/1999
Egypt under Mubarak , the statistics of improvements
Egypt, Politics, 10/4/1999
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The Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss today visited the Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa in Beirut and expressed for him best wishes for a quick recovery in the name of the name of the Lebanese President Emil Lahoud and his own name. Medical sources in Beirut said that al-Sharaa was admitted to hospital earlier in the day after he had heart problem, noting that al-Sharaa is still receiving treatment and he is in a critical condition., Meanwhile, Al-Jazira TV reported that heart surgery was done successfully.
President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan on Sunday in Abu Dhabi received Morocco's Prince Moulay Rachid who delivered a message from King Mohammed VI. The content of the message was not disclosed. Prince Moulay Rachid also conferred with the heir apparent Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, and with Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa denied on Saturday a report in Israel's Yediot Ahronot newspaper that Egypt had reached an antiterrorism agreement with the USA, Egypt, Jordan, Israel and Palestine. "These reports are untrue and inaccurate," Moussa said.
Flights from Italy's Alitalia airline to Algeria are to resume on December 1, with two flights per week, Algerian News Agency reported, adding that the agreement was reached after visits between Air Algerie and Alitalia during July and September.
Speaker of the Cypriot parliament, Spyrus Kebriyano, arrives in Damascus tonight, leading a parliamentary delegation on a four-day visit to Syria. During his visit, the Cypriot officials and members of the accompanying delegation will hold parliamentary talks and official meetings with several officials.
King Mohammed VI has sent French president, Jacques Chirac, a message that was conveyed last Friday by minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Mohamed Benaissa, said a source of the Moroccan embassy in Paris.
Algerian official sources said on Sunday in Algiers that a delegation representing the European Union led by the Finnish coordinating ambassador for the Barcelona process will visit Algeria on Thursday to hold talks with Algerian officials concerning the Euro-Mediterranean partnership.
Tehran Radio said on Saturday that two Iraqi prisoners of war asked for asylum in Iran and refused to return to Iraq after Iran released them within a group of prisoners that included 276 Iraqi prisoners.
Six agreements were signed yesterday to implement sanitation and sewage projects in Aden governorate, Saba reported.
The Iranian President Muhammad Khatami has announced that the Iranian Jews who are currently suspended under charges of spying for Israel " should be tried fairly and released in case they are found not guilty."
The board of directors of the Islamic Development Bank agreed to Yemen's request to participate in a project for establishing water barriers in Abyan governorate to increasing water reserves as well as to benefit frmo flood water in irrigation instead of wasting it in the sea.
The French news bulletin Top Urgent released in Paris on Friday said the chief of the Lebanese security department, Lt. Gen. Jamil al-Sayyed, will visit France for the second time at the end of this year, after he visited it for five days last week. Lt. Gen. Al-Sayyed discussed with officials at the French Ministry of the Interior and officials concerned means of establishing mechanisms for cooperation and the exchange of information, as well as the conditions of the Palestinians in Lebanon. The two sides agreed to train Lebanese security cadres in France.