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King Mohammed lashes out at administrative bureaucracy
King Mohammed VI on Friday criticized what he called "the numerous impediments at the level of legislation and administration."
Morocco, Politics, 10/9/1999
New Egyptian government to be sworn in Monday
The new government of Atef Ebeid will take the constitutional oath before President Hosni Mubarak on Monday. Ebeid will submit today a list of ministerial nominees to President Mubarak who is to endorse the final lineup after discussion with the prime minister-designate in view of his letter of assignment to the new cabinet.
Egypt, Politics, 10/9/1999
French defense minister is visiting Saudi Arabia today
French defense minister Alain Richard is to arrive today in the Saudi capital, Riyadh for a two-day visit at the invitation of Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, the deputy second prime minister and Saudi minister of defense and aviation.
Saudi Arabia-France, Politics, 10/9/1999
Vedrine and the Syrian peace track regarding Israel
French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine said, "I was surprised over the Israelis' desire for re-contacting Syria."
Syria-Israel-France, Politics, 10/9/1999
National education charter to be implemented as of next year
King Mohammed VI announced on Friday that a national charter on education will start to be implemented on a gradual basis as of next year.
Morocco, Education, 10/9/1999
King Mohammed announces creation of a development fund
King Mohammed VI announced on Friday the creation of the Hassan II Fund for Development and Equipment, part of the endeavors to combat unemployment and ensure Morocco's social and economic development.
Morocco, Economics, 10/9/1999
Abed Rabbo warns the world and Israel of the destruction of the peace process
Palestinian Minister of Culture Yasser Abed Rabbo, the head of the Palestinian team in the final status negotiations with Israel threatened yesterday to boycott the negotiations in case of the continuation of Israeli settlement activities in the occupied lands.
Palestine, Politics, 10/9/1999
Fears of epidemics in Iraq and its neighboring countries
Fears prevail in Iraq's neighboring countries of the epidemic of polio spreading from Iraq into their territories.
Iraq, Health, 10/9/1999
Report reveals bankruptcy of Algerian municipal towns
Algeria, Politics, 10/9/1999
Morocco reiterates that Sahara issue is a matter of perfection of territorial integrity, not decolonization
Morocco reiterated to the United Nations that the Sahara issue is a matter of perfection of its territorial integrity and not one of decolonization.
Morocco, Politics, 10/9/1999
US to open commercial bureau in Jordan
US Secretary of Commerce William Daley arrived today in the Jordanian capital and opened a permanent commercial bureau in the attendance of high-ranking officials.
Jordan-USA, Politics, 10/9/1999
WB official says Morocco is at decisive turning point
Morocco is at a decisive turning point that will determine whether the country will achieve rapid growth and improve the population's living conditions, World Bank vice-president for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Kamel Dervis wrote.
Morocco, Economics, 10/9/1999
Hizbullah denies Israeli paper's claims
The Hizbullah party has denied a report by the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot that Iran sends weapons to the Lebanese resistance via the airport of Beirut.
Lebanon-Iran, Politics, 10/9/1999
Jordanian sources confirm final closure of Hamas Palestinian bureau
Jordanian sources said that the issue of Hamas in Jordan will be closed soon, saying that there is no intention to reopen this subject again.
Jordan, Politics, 10/9/1999
Shams Eddine mediation succeed in Jordan over Hamas
The Jordanian daily al-Doustour said today quoting a Muslim brothers group in Jordan as stressing the success of the Chairman of the Higher Shiite council in Lebanon Sheikh Muhammad Mahdi Shams eddine in the question of the Hamas movement.
Jordan, Politics, 10/9/1999
German economic delegation to visit Cairo on Monday
A delegation of German businessmen is to arrive in Cairo on Monday to discuss supporting economical relations between Egypt and Germany, attracting German investments to Egypt and establishing joint projects between the two countries.
Egypt-Germany, Economics, 10/9/1999
Saudi Korean economic relations highlighted
Saudi minister of trade Osama Jaafar Faqeh reviewed today with his Southern Korean counterpart in al-Riyadh areas of trade and economic cooperation between the two countries and means of accelerating them.
Saudi Arabia-South Korea, Economics, 10/9/1999
Baghdad describes concrete bombs as a cheat
Iraq depicted what the USA said regarding using concrete-filled bombs in its planes instead of using highly-explosive bombs as a lie.
Iraq-USA, Politics, 10/9/1999
Jordan expects release of its prisoners in Israeli jails
The Jordan ambassador to Israeli stated that there are positive indications for releasing Jordanian detainees from Israeli jails.
Jordan-Israel, Politics, 10/9/1999
Britain intends to establish military cooperation with Mauritania
Britain announced on Friday its intention to establish military cooperation with Mauritania and said it will discuss means of giving backing to this country in the areas of education and economic partnership.
Mauritania-UK, Politics, 10/9/1999
Israeli - Palestinian meeting tomorrow to discuss prisoner issue
The Palestinian Authority decided to hold a meeting with Israel to decide the question of the Palestinian prisoners who Israel refused to release yesterday according to what was decided in the Sharm El-Sheikh accord.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 10/9/1999
Jordanian parliamentary delegation hit by Israeli settlers
Jordan, Politics, 10/9/1999
Morocco and EU to sign different fisheries agreement, says Spanish official
Morocco and the European Union will not sign the same fisheries agreement as the one expiring next November, president of the Spanish autonomous government of Andalusia, Manual Chaves, told MAP.
Morocco-European Union, Politics, 10/9/1999
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Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh will make an official visit to Tunis in the coming month, which will be the first visit of a Yemeni president to Tunis in many years. Yemeni diplomatic sources in Tunis said the visit's date will be specified after the end of the Tunisian presidential elections that will take place on October 24.
Well-informed diplomatic sources in Algeria said that Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz will on Sunday pay a visit to Algeria, during which he will meet with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Syrian sources in Cairo said that Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa, who underwent an operation at the American University in Beirut Hospital, will return to Damascus on Tuesday. The sources told ArabicNews.com that al-Sharaa's condition is improving and depicted his case as becoming more than excellent, adding that he moves normally.
The Palestinian official in charge of the file of occupied Palestine at the Palestinian Authority, Faisal al-Husseini, discussed with French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on the final status and the status of Jerusalem.
Ruler of Qatar Shiekh Hamadn Bin Khaleifa al-Thani today received a message from the Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir dealing with bilateral relations between the two countries.
French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine asked Israel and the Palestinian government not to take unilateral measures and to begin the final status negotiations, but he didn't mention more details in his statements yesterday in Ramallah, following his meeting with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat at the conclusion of his five-day visit to the region.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh today in Sanaa received a message from the British Prime Minister Tony Blair pertaining to bilateral relations between the two countries and means of strengthening them.
King Mohammed VI met on Friday at the parliament's headquarters in Rabat the speaker of the Spanish senate, Mrs Esperanza Aguirre. The meeting, attended by the speakers of the two chambers of the Moroccan parliament and by Mrs Aguirre's party, took place after the sovereign opened the fall session of the Moroccan parliament.
The French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine said today that France has no objections on the visit to be held by Pope John Paul II to Iraq, in contradiction to the stances of the US and Britain. In a statement to pressmen today in the Vatican, following his meeting with the Pope, Vedrine said he had discussed with the Pope current international issues as well as the desire of the Pope to visit the Iraqi city of Or.
Performances of the opera Aida before the Giza pyramids will start on Tuesday and run for six days under the auspices of Suzanne Mubarak, the wife of the Egyptian president. These shows will be directed by Egyptian director Abdel Moneim Kamal, and 116 performers from the Cairo Opera and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra conducted by France's Partrick Fournillier and Italy's Giorgio Croci. 700 soldiers from the Egyptian police will also participate in scenes of this classic Opera.
The chairman of the Iranian Shoura council Nateq Nouri has described the struggle mounted by the Lebanese national resistance in confronting the repeated Israeli aggressions as a legitimate right for the Lebanese people against the Israeli occupation and for liberating the occupied territories.
The US has lifted the name of the Palestinian group "Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine," led by Nayef Hawatmeh, from its list of terrorism. The US measure comes in appreciation from Washington for the role the front can play in the Middle East peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.
The Italian embassy in Algiers said on Friday that the Italian airline Alitalia will resume its flights to the Algerian capital as of November 1. In a statement the embassy added that the company will start its flights with two trips per week. The Italian airline suspended its flights to Algeria in 1994. It is the first airline company in the European Union to re-start its flights to Algeria.
Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy decided not to participate in the meeting of the Palestinian refugees affairs committee that was to be held in Cairo according to the Sharm El-Sheikh accord in days with the participation of Egypt, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian government.
A Moroccan Parliamentary delegation takes part in the 102nd session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) that will open proceedings on Sunday in Berlin. The opening session will be chaired by German President Johannes Rau.
Jordanian sources said yesterday that, "600 representatives of the major religions in the world will convene during the coming November in Amman to call for ratifying peace in the coming millennium." The assembly will be convened on November 25 - 29 at an initiative from the international conference of religions and peace, located in New York. This organization, established in 1970, meets every five years for religious cooperation for peace.