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Formation of new Egyptian cabinet on Saturday
New Egyptian Prime Minister Atef Ebeid is to declare the complete formation of his Cabinet on Saturday morning, coinciding with the beginning of the fourth presidential term of President Hosni Mubarak.
Egypt, Politics, 10/7/1999
King Abdullah to convey Iraqi unspecified message to US
King Abdullah II of Jordan left on Wednesday for Britain on a two-day visit, after which he will head for Washington to meet with US President Bill Clinton and high-ranking US officials.
Jordan, Politics, 10/7/1999
Khartoum releases opposition leaders
Sheikh El-Mahmoud Abdu, the secretary of the Sudanese supporters affairs front which has loyalty to Sadeq El-Mahdi, the head of the opposition Ummah Party, said the Sudanese security bodies released the leaders of the Ummah Party who were detained by security bodies on Tuesday.
Sudan, Politics, 10/7/1999
Maghreban Union a strategic choice, says Moroccan premier
The advent of the Arab Maghreb Union is a strategic choice we cannot renounce despite transient roadblocks delaying the building up of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), Moroccan Premier Abderrahmane Youssoufi said.
Morocco-Maghreb, Politics, 10/7/1999
Expected changes in behavior between Syria and Israel regarding Palestinian opposition
The decision taken by the Palestinian opposition which takes Damascus as a headquarters to transfer the headquarters of its struggle to the inside the Palestinian territories and its unprecedented calm in confronting events such as the return of one of its key leaders, the second man in the People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Abu Ali Mustafa, reflect a remarkable change in the attitude and ideology of the Palestinian opposition.
Palestine, Politics, 10/7/1999
Finnish, Lebanese presidents voice backing for Middle East peace
Finnish President Martti Ahitsaari has reiterated his country's backing for resuming the suspended Middle East peace process.
Lebanon-Finland, Politics, 10/7/1999
Lebanese, Finnish presidents visit al-Sharaa in hospital
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud and Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari on Wednesday afternoon visited the American University Hospital in Beirut to be assured about the health condition of Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa.
Syria-Lebanon-Finland, People, 10/7/1999
Yemeni President gets message from Gaddafi
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh received a message on Wednesday from Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gaddafi dealing with strengthening bilateral relations and the latest developments in the Arab arena, especially coordinating efforts between the two countries to restore Arab solidarity.
Yemen-Libya, Politics, 10/7/1999
Egypt can join Maghreban union, says senate speaker Essaid
Morocco, like Tunisia, is in favor of Egypt joining the Arab Maghreb Union, the speaker of the Moroccan chamber of advisors (upper chamber of the parliament), Mohamed Jalal Essaid, told the press at the end of a three-day visit to Tunis.
Morocco-Maghreb, Politics, 10/7/1999
Moroccan premier meets Manuel Chaves
Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi examined with the president of the Andalusia autonomous government, Manuel Chaves, means of enhancing exchanges and extending cooperation to tourism, equipment and infrastructures.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 10/7/1999
Syrian ambassador to Cairo: There is no coolness in the Egyptian - Syrian relations
Issah Darwish, Syria's ambassador to Cairo, stated that Egyptian - Syrian relations are very fine and there is no coolness in them.
Syria-Egypt, Politics, 10/7/1999
Istiqlal Party calls Algerian leaders to adopt new policy for better relations with Morocco
The Moroccan Istiqlal Party has called on the Algerian leaders to adopt a new policy for better relations between Morocco and Algeria and to endeavor for the construction of a united Arab Maghreb.
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 10/7/1999
Iran denies involvement in al-Zahran explosion
Iran has denied the statements by several American officials concerning a link between Tehran and the al-Zahran explosion in 1996.
Iran-USA, Politics, 10/7/1999
No difficulties in ratifying partnership agreement between Algeria, European Union
The ambassador of the European Union in Algeria, Lorenzo Sanchez, said there are no big difficulties for ratifying a partnership agreement between Algeria and the EU in the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership.
Algeria-European Union, Politics, 10/7/1999
Jordanian FM telephones Israeli counterpart on multilateral negotiations
Israel Radio said on Wednesday that Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdul Illah al-Khatib made a telephone call to Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy during which talks dealt with resuming multilateral negotiations.
Jordan-Israel, Politics, 10/7/1999
UK supports technological cooperation with Egypt
Graham Bowis, Britain's ambassador in Cairo, hailed today President Mubarak's confirmation in his speech on Tuesday before the Egyptian Parliament on the importance of focusing on conveying technology and Egypt's benefits from it.
Egypt-UK, Politics, 10/7/1999
Iraqi - Egyptian commercial committee to convene at end of month
The meetings of the Iraqi - Egyptian committee will convene at the end of October under the chairmanship of the trade ministers in the two states.
Egypt-Iraq, Economics, 10/7/1999
More Algerians surrender
Algerian Minister of the Interior Abdelmalek Sellal has announced that some 531 members of the Armed Islamic Group have surrendered inside and outside Algeria through midday on Tuesday, adding that some 489 of them surrendered inside Algeria.
Algeria, Politics, 10/7/1999
Israel may release Palestinian prisoners today
Israeli officials said that Israel may release 151 Palestinian prisoners today according to conditions of the peace accords with the Palestinian Authority, yet it is dependent on the government's approval of the names in the list.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 10/7/1999
New explosion in Sudan
The Sudanese al-Rai al-Am newspaper said yesterday that two explosions rocked an oil container and a station of Benzene belonging to the Shell company in the town of Kasala on the border with Eritrea.
Sudan, Politics, 10/7/1999
Barak promises to act against illegal West Bank settlements
Israeli premier Ehud Barak said Wednesday his government would act against all illegal West Bank settlements, erected after last year's wye river peace accord.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 10/7/1999
Lebanese clergy continues visit to Jordan
The observer general of the Muslim Brothers group in Jordan, Abdul Majid Zuneibat, the secretary general of the Islamic Labor Front party, Abdul Latif Arabyeta, and the chairman of the party's Shoura council, Issac al-Farhan, met on Tuesday evening with the chairman of the higher Shiite Islamic council in Lebanon.
Jordan, Politics, 10/7/1999
Israel shells Lebanese civilians areas
The Lebanese resistance on Wednesday attacked, using machine guns and rockets a position for the Israeli occupation troops and their South Lebanon Army militia agents in Rashaf in the occupied part of south Lebanon. In a statement, the Lebanese resistance said that its men achieved direct hits.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 10/7/1999
Iranian foreign minister confers with Hizbullah chief
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi met on Wednesday in Tehran with the secretary General of the Hizbullah party in Lebanon, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, currently visiting Lebanon to take part in a symposium to highlight the Islamic revolution in Iran.
Lebanon-Iran, Politics, 10/7/1999
Yemeni campaign to chase Qat users
The Yemeni military police on Wednesday chased members of the army and the police who use Qat while they are in their military service.
Yemen, Politics, 10/7/1999
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Bahraini Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa met today in Abu Dhabi with United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan an-Nahyan, Gulf News Agency reported, adding that the two leaders discussed bilateral relations as well as Gulf and Arab issues.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, who is also deputy premier and head of the Saudi national guard, is currently paying an official visit to Tunis to hold talks with Tunisian President Zein al-Abidin Ben Ali that tackle bilateral relations and the situation in the Arab Maghreb area, as well as developments in the Arab areas. Crown Prince Abdullah started a tour of some of the Arab Maghreb states.
Sultan of Oman Qaboos Bin Said on Wednesday received a message from the president of Gabon, Omar Bongo, pertaining to bilateral relations between the two countries and issues of mutual concern.
The Egyptian ambassador to Israel, Mohammed Bassiouni, said yesterday to al-Ahram that Israel does not hinder the start of multilateral negotiations. He said that despite accusations from Israeli political sources, Egypt doesn't hinder the talks but believes that progress in bilateral peace talks will precede multilateral talks. Bassiouni added that a breakthrough must be achieved on the Syrian and Lebanese tracks before the resumption of multilateral talks.
King Abdullah II of Jordan said the bureaus of the Hamas resistance movement in Jordan will remain closed, saying in statements to reporters yesterday that the procedures taken by the Jordanian government against Hamas form an issue that concerns the two sides only, and the government is the one which seeks the suitable solution to the problem.
Moroccan Minister of Industry, Commerce, and Handicrafts Alami Tazi met yesterday with Ahmed Amir Fath Allah, Egypt's ambassador in Morocco, to prepare for a three-day visit scheduled to be paid by the Moroccan minister to Egypt starting on October 14 according to the invitation made by Egyptian Minister of Trade and Supply Ahmed Goweili.
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat met in Gaza on Wednesday with a British parliamentary delegation currently visiting the Palestinian Authority. Israel Radio said the two sides reviewed the development of negotiations between the Palestinian government and Israel as well as relations with Britain.
The chairman of the Iranian Shoura council, Nateq Nouri, is to make an official visit to Saudi Arabia next Sunday on top of an official delegation including several Cabinet ministers and high-ranking Iranian officials.
Switzerland's foreign minister arrived in Algeria on Wednesday for a two day visit. During the visit, the Swiss Foreign Minister Joseph Deiss will meet with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, as well as with Algeria's prime minister and parliament speaker to discuss means of developing and strengthening cooperation relations between the two countries.
US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has expressed her optimism over the possibility of achieving a progress on the Syrian track. AFP quoted Albright as saying upon her arrival in San Francisco on Tuesday that peace on this track can be achieved if the key to open the door is found.
"The Law will always prevail over injustice," reads a message by King Mohammed VI to President Mubarak of Egypt which is celebrating the anniversary of the October 1973 war victory.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdul al-Illah al-Khatib met yesterday in Amman with Palestinian Minister of Planning Nabil Shaath, as they discussed the latest developments in the peace process and Israeli - Palestinian negotiations on different important aspects of the Wye River accord.
Iraq will be allowed to purchase cold storage trucks for transporting medicines and heat-sensitive relief supplies within the oil-for-food program.
Morocco and the Canadian French-speaking province of Quebec have put the final touches to a bilateral convention for social security of Moroccan nationals living in the province. The convention is expected to be signed in the beginning of 2000.
Israeli Minister of Trade and Industry Ran Cohen and his Palestinian counterpart, Sa'di Alkrunz, agreed during their meeting today on forming a supreme joint committee entitled to follow up on the establishment of joint industrial areas. Israel Radio said today that Cohen had a tour yesterday evening of the industrial zone location intended to be established near the city of Jenin.
Bahraini Defense Minister Sheikh Khaleifa Bin Ahmad al-Khaleifa met on Wednesday in Manama with the head of the US Central Command, General Anthony Zinni, and members of his accompanying delegation, currently visiting Bahrain.