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Tarif meets with Syrian PA speaker
The chairman of the Israeli delegation to the 102nd meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Berlin, Saleh Tarif, said in an interview with Israel Radio on Friday that he shook hands with the chairman of the Syrian delegation to this conference, Abdul Qader Qaddoura.
Regional-Israel, Politics, 10/16/1999
Youssoufi: Food, water resources, vital tool for Arab states' sustained development
Food and water resources are vital for the Arab world to reach a sustained development, Moroccan Premier Abderrahmane Youssoufi said on Friday.
Regional-Morocco, Economics, 10/16/1999
Yemeni foreign minister: Comprehensive Arab summit during the first quarter of next year
Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdul Qader Bajamal stated that he expects a comprehensive Arab summit during the first quarter of the coming year.
Yemen, Politics, 10/16/1999
Saudi crown prince confers with Nateq Nouri
Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz in Riyadh on Friday discussed with the chairman of the Iranian Shoura council, Ali Akbar Nateq Nouri, currently visiting Saudi Arabia, relations between the two countries and issues of mutual concern.
Saudi Arabia-Iran, Politics, 10/16/1999
Israel releases 151 Palestinian prisoners without problems
Israel said that 151 Palestinian prisoners were released yesterday, none of whom participated in any attacks against Israelis, and that most of them were serving life prison sentences.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 10/16/1999
King Mohammed in Chefchaouen and Al Hoceima today
King Mohammed VI arrived in Chefchaouen Saturday noon carrying on a tour to several northern provinces.
Morocco, Politics, 10/16/1999
Arab businesswomen set structures of their council
Businesswomen from 16 Arab states, including , who are holding their 4th congress here started setting the structures of the council of Arab business-women to be based in Cairo.
Regional, Business, 10/16/1999
A meeting for Arab businessmen in Aswan
The Arab businessmen will convene on November 27 in a four-day meeting for Arab economists and businessmen that will be held in the Egyptian city of Aswan.
Regional, Business, 10/16/1999
El-Mahdi asserts necessity of coordination between Egyptian - Libyan and IGAD initiatives
In a sudden step, former Sudanese prime minister and leader of the opposition Ummah Party, Al-Sadek El-Mahdi, met yesterday in Rome with a number of foreign ministers from IGAD's partner countries.
Sudan-Regional, Politics, 10/16/1999
20 countries are to participate in Nile festival for the child's song in Cairo
20 countries will participate in the Nile International Festival for Children's Songs that will be held in Cairo on October 28 - 31 under the auspices of Egypt's First Lady Suzanne Mubarak.
Egypt, Culture, 10/16/1999
Cairo to host Russian - Arab discussion
The second session for Russian - Arab discussions will be held on November 3 and 4. The session is organized by the Egyptian - Russian friendship association and headed by Fathi Serour, head of the Egyptian parliament.
Regional-Russia, Politics, 10/16/1999
Arafat, Barak may meet in Oslo
Well-informed sources in occupied Jerusalem expected on Friday that Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak may meet in November in Oslo on the occasion of convening the Middle East summit which is organized by Norway.
Palestine-Israel-International, Politics, 10/16/1999
Paper: Washington plans on a purchase of the Golan
The London based al-Zaman paper said on Friday in a report from Washington that the US is preparing the deal to buy the Golan at a cost of US $ 20 billion from Israel in order to hand it over to Syria.
Syria-Israel-USA, Politics, 10/16/1999
Morocco denies Mideast mediation request
Moroccan secretary of state of posts and new information technology Larbi Ajjoul denied he had received a message from the Israeli side destined for King Mohammed VI.
Morocco, Politics, 10/16/1999
Report: US has no intention to separate Syrian-Lebanese tracks
The US administration has announced it has no intention to separate the Syrian and Lebanese negotiation tracks in the Middle East peace process.
Syria-Lebanon-USA, Politics, 10/16/1999
US secretary of commerce arrives in Riyadh
In an official visit to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of his Saudi counterpart, Usama Jafar Faqih, US Secretary of Commerce William Daley and his accompanying delegation comprising a number of officials in the US administration and businessmen reached Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia-USA, Politics, 10/16/1999
Radi winds up visit to Berlin
The speaker of the Moroccan house of representatives (lower house), Abdelouahed Radi, left Berlin this Saturday noon after he led the Moroccan delegation to the 102nd session of the International Parliamentary Union, held October 10-16.
Morocco-International, Politics, 10/16/1999
Hamas refuses any conditions for getting its detainees out of Jordan
Mousa Abu Marzouk, a member of the Hamas movement's political bureau, said any conditions from Jordan's government are not accepted
Jordan-Palestine, Politics, 10/16/1999
82 Egyptian companies participate in Baghdad International Fair
82 Egyptian companies from the public and private sector agreed to participate in the Baghdad International Fair, which is to start on November 1. This came in a statement issued by the Egyptian markets and fairs organization.
Egypt-Iraq, Economics, 10/16/1999
Fair for Iranian products in Cairo
Egyptian capital, Cairo, will witness on November 1 - 7 the first fair for Iranian products, with the participation of 100 Iranian companies.
Egypt-Iran, Economics, 10/16/1999
Moroccan-Italian economic ties to be debated in Bologna
A delegation of businessmen and economic operators --led by minister of trade, industry and handicraft, Alami Tazi-- will participate in the event and discuss with Italian peers some 26 cooperation projects in the fields of car industry, textile, ready-to wear, shoes, pharmaceutical industry, and construction.
Morocco-Italy, Economics, 10/16/1999
Iraq needs support for lifting sanctions says NGO leader
Iraq needs the support of Malaysia and other Asian and Third World nations for the lifting of UN economic sanctions
Iraq, Politics, 10/16/1999
Vatican hosts international meeting on inter-religions dialogue
The Vatican will host on Oct. 24-28 an international meeting on dialogue between religions on the eve of the 21st century, organizers said.
Regional, Religion, 10/16/1999
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Jordan's King Abdullah II will pay an official visit to Spain on October 20 - 22. AFP quoted a statement released on Friday by the Spanish Foreign Ministry as saying that this visit comes at the invitation of Spain's King Juan Carlos.
Meetings of the executive bureau of the Egyptian- Moroccan businessmen's council concluded yesterday evening in Cairo after lasting for two days, during which the bureau discussed establishing ten joint projects with a capital of 500 million Egyptian pounds in the fields of cement, food industries and marketing Egyptian projects, in addition to establishing a Tunisian - Moroccan - Egyptian Bank for revitalizing trade among the three states.
The materialization of the Moroccan-Tunisian project to set up a free trade area was studied Friday in Tunis between Tunisian Industry Minister Moncef Ben Abdellah and head of the Moroccan-Tunisian Business Council, M'hamed Mezzour.
Chinese President Jiang Zemin will on Monday start a two-week tour of North Africa and the Middle East wher he will visit Morocco and Algeria. An official for western Asia and North Africa affairs at the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that President Zemin will also visit Saudi Arabia, and an oil agreement between the two countries will be signed during the visit.
Italian Defense Minister Carlo Scognamiglio is to arrive today in Riyadh for a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia to fulfill the invitation of Saudi Defense Minister Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz. Official Saudi sources in Riyadh said Scognamiglio will hold two rounds of talks with Prince Sultan regarding enhancing military cooperation between the two countries and issues of joint concern, adding that Scognamiglio will discuss with the Saudi officials the situation in the area, the peace process in the Middle East and the international situation.
The Palestinians expressed displeasure toward what they called Israeli procrastination regarding entering negotiations of the final status. The Palestinian Authority asked the Israeli government to specify quickly the names of the Israeli delegation's members to the final status negotiations. El-Tayeb Abd El-Reheem Amin, secretary general of the Palestinian side, said the Israeli Prime Minister is not concerned with the final status negotiations and is not taking the responsibility towards this.
Mohammed Bassiouni, the Egyptian ambassador to Israel, came back yesterday to Cairo airport for a brief visit, during which he will deliver to Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa a report about the recent developments of the peace process in the Middle East, following up on what has been implemented of the Wye River accord and the special preparations to resume the final status talks and start the talks of the final position on September 13, 2000.
Abd El-Fatah Galal, head of the national institution for astronomical research, denied rumors repeated that a devastating earthquake may take place in Egypt, as scientists so far never reached a decisive way to predict earthquakes. Rumors were repeated in Egypt that Egypt is expected to witnesses an earthquake, which were related to Japanese sources.
Morocco and France have created a 1.5 million French Franc Trophy to award associations working in favor of poor children. The solidarity trophees, dubbed "les trophees Tadamoun," will be awarded at a ceremony on October 24 in Paris to four Moroccan and four French associations, part of Morocco's times in France.
Israeli Premier Ehud Barak signed yesterday with Greek Defense Minister Apostolos-Athanasios Tsokhatzopoulos a rapport and a friendship agreement between the two countries. The Israeli Defense Ministry referred in the two sides' agreement to the importance of maintaining regional stability and security. Details of the agreement, which is considered a confirmation of a joint security charter between the two countries signed in 1994, were not revealed.