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Al-Assad confers with Lebanese prime minister
President Hafez al-Assad on Tuesday in Damascus received the Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss where talks dealt with the bilateral and regional conditions and cooperation between the two "sisterly countries" in order to establish a just and comprehensive peace that provides for restoring the occupied lands and the usurped Arab rights to their owners.
Syria-Lebanon, Politics, 10/13/1999
Syrian-Lebanese follow-up committee concludes deliberations
Chaired by Syrian Prime Minister Mahmoud al-Zou'bi and his Lebanese counterpart Salim al-Hoss, the Syrian - Lebanese coordination and follow up committee on Tuesday in Damascus concluded its meetings.
Syria-Lebanon, Politics, 10/13/1999
King Mohammed winds up visit to Casablanca
King Mohammed VI went on to explain a new approach to authority, saying the concept ought to be based on the protection of public services, local affairs, individual and collective liberties, and the preservation of security and stability, management of local matters and securing social peace.
Morocco, Politics, 10/13/1999
Moussa receives coordinator of Swiss initiative for commercial cooperation
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa received Arther Dancul, the coordinator of the special Swiss initiative for commercial cooperation between the countries of the Middle East and North Africa.
Egypt-Switzerland, Economics, 10/13/1999
Egyptian - German economic talks
Egyptian Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade Yousef Butros Ghali met yesterday with Dieter Posch, the minister of economy in Hessen province in Germany, who is visit in Egypt now at the head of a large delegation from economists, bankers, businessmen, members of commercial and industrial chambers in Hessen, and representatives of the medium-sized and small projects.
Egypt-Germany, Economics, 10/13/1999
Egyptian - British military talks
Egypt-UK, Politics, 10/13/1999
Gaza fisherman: More adventures but less catch
The fishermen watched the houses disappearing gradually as they sailed away from the Gaza shore on their routine sailing trip every noon in preparation for their long-waited-for big catch in the sea. It was around one in the afternoon. The weather, as usual in this time of the year, was hot and humid. One fisherman volunteered to serve tea. Others were busy preparing their nets while the boss, as they call him, stood watching the boat edge as it opens its way through the sea waves.
Palestine, Local, 10/13/1999
Saudi minister denies mediation between Morocco and Algeria
Saudi Arabia did not conduct any mediation move between Morocco and Algeria, said Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal.
Saudi Arabia-Regional, Politics, 10/13/1999
Tunisian president calls for revitalising Arab Maghreb Union establishments
Tunisian President Zein al-Abidin Ben Ali has called for the revitalization of the establishments of the Arab Maghreb Union, considering it as being a main element and great support in building the Arab nation, unifying its ranks and improving its conditions.
Tunisia, Politics, 10/13/1999
21 countries participate in Algerian International Fair
The 32nd Algerian International Fair opened yesterday in Algeria, in which 21 countries participate and which is expected to be attended by 400,000 visitors in 11 days.
Algeria, Economics, 10/13/1999
Algerian prime minister confers with South Korean trade minister
Algerian Prime Minister Smail Hamdani received South Korean Minister of Commerce, Industry and Energy Chung Tok-ku on Tuesday in Algiers and discussed with him means and ways of fostering cooperation and exchange in the economic and commercial areas and boosting investments and partnerships.
Algeria-South Korea, Politics, 10/13/1999
Husseini says all Israeli settlements are illegal
Faisal El-Husseini, the member of the executive committee for the Palestinian Liberation Organization responsible for Jerusalem's file, stated that all the Israeli settlements are illegal and that he will demand during his meeting with Israeli Minister of Internal Security Shlomo Ben-Ami today to remove them all to guarantee a real peace.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 10/13/1999
Saudi official confers with Iranian Shoura council chief
Saudi Defense Minister Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz on Tuesday in Riyadh received the chairman of the Iranian Shoura council, Ali Akbar Nateq Nouri, and members of the accompanying delegation, currently visiting Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia-Iran, Politics, 10/13/1999
Tunis hosts Moroccan-Tunisian partnership meeting next week
The meeting is meant to upgrade economic partnership between the two states and enhance relations between economic operators.
Tunisia-Morocco, Economics, 10/13/1999
On the flow of water from Turkey to Syria
A Kuwaiti daily said on Tuesday that waters of the Euphrates river in Syria have been much increased from the usual average level after Turkey built several dams on the Turkish part of the river.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 10/13/1999
Lebanese resistance men retaliate Israeli aggressions
Lebanese security sources said the Israeli heavy artillery shelled a number of areas including Zibqin, Yater, Kafra, Majdal Zoun, Serbin, Barachit, Rahrah and al-Ghandouriyah, as well as al-Butoum mountains, al-Qeseyah and al-Nafha valley.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 10/13/1999
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A second round of closed-door talks was held on Tuesday in Algiers between Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, who has been on an official visit to Algeria since Monday. No official statement or certain information was released on the topics debated during the session.
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat received yesterday Italian President Carlo Ciampi and his escorting delegation, currently paying an official visit to the Palestine to discuss developments in the peace process and the efforts exerted to push it forward, as well as the European role in pushing these efforts in addition to boosting bilateral relations between Italy and Palestine in different fields.
Saudi Arabia's second deputy prime minister, defense minister and general inspector, Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, on Tuesday received a message from the Romanian deputy premier and defense minister, Victor Babiuc. The message was delivered by the Romanian charge de affairs in Saudi Arabia during his meeting with Prince Sultan on Tuesday in Riyadh.
Chinese Minister of National Defense Chi Haotian is scheduled to arrive tonight in Damascus, starting a tour of four Middle East countries: Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Syria. The Chinese minister's tour aims at boosting bilateral relations between China and these countries, especially in military fields and attempts to hold transactions to export weapons to those countries, especially short- and long-range missiles.
Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jasem Bin Jaber al-Thani received on Tuesday a message from the secretary of the executive committee of the PLO, Mahmoud Abbas, on current developments in the Middle East peace process.
German minister of labor and social affairs, Walter Riester, is expected in Morocco next saturday on a four day visit. Riester, the first member of the cabinet of chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to visit Morocco, will confer with Moroccan officials on the consolidation of bilateral cooperation in the fields of labor, social development, struggle against poverty, social security and integration of the disabled in society.
Sultan Qaboos Bin said of Oman on Tuesday received a message from Turkish President Suleiman Demirel, pertaining to bilateral relations between the two countries and issues of mutual concern.
The head of the childhood fund affiliated to UN, Carol Bellamy, started a visit to Iraq yesterday to look into the news which said that children's death exceeded more than doubled what pre-sanctions levels.
The enforcement of a national action plan on child labor is the concern of all, said employment minister Khalid Alioua. Opening a seminar on the national plan as well as sectorial ones, he stressed the importance Morocco grants the issue saying it translated into relevant actions within a nation-wide strategy meant to upgrade children's social conditions.
Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy refused to specify a date for the Israeli forces' withdrawal from south Lebanon saying that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak is always consulting with him regarding this matter. Israel Radio said today that Levy was commenting on reports by the mass media that Israel intends to advance the date of its troops' withdrawal from south Lebanon unilaterally to take place before the original date of june 2000 spoken about by Barak.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak stated that 15 of 42 settlements established by settlers in the West Bank without a license will soon be dissolved. Israel's television added that the remaining settlements will not be dissolved, yet their expansion will remain frozen.
The meetings of the session of the Chinese - Iraqi joint committee for commercial and economic cooperation started today in Baghdad. Ahmed Rashied, the undersecretary of the industry and minerals ministry, stated that, "The horizons of cooperation between the two countries in the fields of Gas, petroleum, Finance, health, high education, communication, transportation, industry, trade and economy - will be offered and discussed during the meetings which will last for three days."
Preliminary estimates of mineral discoveries pointed to the existence of large deposits of gold in three areas in Hadhramaut governorate and in Atma and in Zamar governorate, as well as large quantities of zinc and manganese in Naham area in Sanaa.
Three Moroccan tennismen --Younes Al-Aynaoui, Hicham Arazi and Karim Alami-- have become this week among the forty top World tennis players. Al-Aynaoui, World No 28, and Arazi, World No 38, were joined by Alami, who was promoted to the 39th rank, following his brilliant performance in Palermo, Italy, where he reached the semi-final.
It was announced in Athens on Tuesday that Greek Foreign Minister Yeoryios Papandoniou will visit capitals of the European Union member states this month in order to discuss lifting Greece's opposition to officially nominate Turkey to the EU membership.
The UAE newspaper al-Khaleej quoted French and Saudi sources in Paris today as saying Saudi Arabia will sign a contract to purchase LeClerc tanks worth $3.5 billion US on November 9 during the visit to be paid by Saudi Arabia's second deputy prime minister and defense minister Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz to Paris.
A delegation from the International Committee of the Red Cross is currently visiting Algeria to learn the conditions of prisons and communications with political prisoners, important figures and the concerned human rights movements in Algeria.
The Arab Economists Union will hold the 29th session of its council on October 18-19 in the Moroccan town of Al-Jadida, 200 km south of Rabat. The council will study the Union's activities report in addition to 40 scientific research projects, presented by Arab economists on the situation in the Arab world.