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French president pays brief visit to Morocco
Meanwhile, French Premier Lionel Jospin will pay an official visit to Morocco next week to co-chair with his Moroccan peer, Abderrahmane Youssoufi, the third annual meeting of the two countries' heads of government, it was officially announced in Rabat today.
Morocco-France, Politics, 10/29/1999
US commercial delegation visits Cairo today
Cairo is receiving today a commercial delegation from the US state of California under the chairmanship of the deputy foreign trade secretary in the state.
Egypt-USA, Economics, 10/29/1999
Dutch parliamentary delegation in Damascus
The speaker of the Syrian People's Assembly, Abdul Qader Qaddoura, on Thursday in Damascus received a Dutch parliamentary delegation led by Margretta De Bueir that includes members of the political parties represented in the parliament.
Syria-Netherlands, Politics, 10/29/1999
Commercial cooperation among French, UAE companies
Abu Dhabi's trade and industry chamber yesterday signed an agreement for joint cooperation with the union of French companies in the chambers headquarters.
United Arab Emirates-France, Economics, 10/29/1999
Meeting between President Lahoud, Jumblatt ends hostilities
The awaited meeting between Lebanese President Emile Lahoud and the chairman of the Socialist Progressive Party, Walid Jumblatt, who is also the chairman if the national struggle parliamentary front, was held on Thursday at the president's residence in Baabda.
Lebanon, Politics, 10/29/1999
Morocco, China call for more comprehensive cooperation
Morocco and China have both called for more comprehensive cooperation between the two countries and for deeper friendship between the two peoples.
Morocco-China, Politics, 10/29/1999
Bouteflika lifts ban off Benjedid
The Algeria News Agency on Thursday reported that the Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has released a decree which permits former Algerian President Chadli Benjedid to move freely. The agency noted that Benjedid got a diplomatic passport.
Algeria, Politics, 10/29/1999
Bouteflika receives cable from the secretary general of Amnesty International
In delivering his speech in the occasion of beginning the new judicial year, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika received a cable from Pierre Sane, the secretary general of the Amnesty International organization, in which the latter welcomed the renewal of the invitation for a delegation from the organization to visit Algeria.
Algeria, Politics, 10/29/1999
Poverty level in Yemen
A report by the Central Bureau for Statistics in Yemen said that the number of families who live under the food poverty line has reached 12.9% in the cities and 18.8% in the rural areas.
Yemen, Economics, 10/29/1999
Italy swaps $100 million debt owed by Morocco
Italy will swap $100 million in debts owed by Morocco into public investments, under an accord concluded between the two sides.
Morocco-Italy, Politics, 10/29/1999
Egypt participates in conference on investment opportunities in Australia
Egypt is participating in the two-day conference on exploration and investment in mining in Africa that will be held in the Australian city of Perth on November 16.
Egypt-Australia, Politics, 10/29/1999
Egyptian - Italian commercial agreement
Egypt and Italy signed an agreement regarding enhancing the Italian investments in Egypt and strengthening economic ties, aimed at increasing Egypt's exports to Italy and the rest of the European states.
Egypt-Italy, Politics, 10/29/1999
King Mohammed praises china's impartial stand in Sahara issue
King Mohammed VI on Thursday praised the "impartial stand" of the People's Republic of China in the Sahara issue.
Morocco-China, Politics, 10/29/1999
Naval transport agreement between Kuwait and Iran
Kuwait and Iran on Thursday signed an agreement that provides for facilitating naval transport of commodities between the two countries in preparation to inaugurate a Kuwaiti free zone with its main activities concentrated with trade with Iran.
Kuwait-Iran, Politics, 10/29/1999
Moroccan secretary of state for cooperation visits Poland and Czech Republic
Moroccan secretary of state for cooperation, Aicha Belarbi paid this October 24 through 28 a working visit to Poland.
Morocco-Poland, Politics, 10/29/1999
Solidarity rally in Lebanon with Khiam detainees
Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss stressed on Thursday that Israel's withdrawal unconditionally from south Lebanon to the internationally-recognized border according to UN resolution 425 is the main solution for the Israeli occupation and its consequences.
Lebanon, Politics, 10/29/1999
Lebanese army officers head for Moscow to investigate killing of two doctors
The Russian ambassador in Lebanon, Oleg Bersbiken, has expressed his country's regret for the incident which claimed the life of the two Lebanese doctors Abdul Muttalib and Shadi Murtada in the Russian city of Rostov, in southern Russia.
Lebanon-Russia, Politics, 10/29/1999
Morocco, UNESCO agree to create university chair on women's rights in Morocco
Morocco and the UNESCO signed in Paris Thursday an agreement creating a university chair on women's rights in Morocco.
Morocco, Culture, 10/29/1999
Moroccan, Jordanian Senates to set up friendship group
The Moroccan and Jordanian Senates have agreed to set up a group of friendship and cooperation to consolidate ties between the two legislative institutions.
Morocco-Jordan, Politics, 10/29/1999
Yemeni - Ethiopian agreement regarding security threats facing the two countries
Yemen and Ethiopia signed an agreement according to which the two countries will work on taking procedures against the threats facing the two countries' security.
Yemen-Ethiopia, Politics, 10/29/1999
Iraq accuses Iran of planning to assassinate Iraqi officials
The Iraqi Youth TV broadcast tonight interviews with the four Iraqis whom were accused of collecting information's about the governmental corporations and officials in the state and assassinating former Iraqi Minister of Endowments and Religious Affairs Abdullah Fadel.
Iraq-Iran, Politics, 10/29/1999
Hawatemah denies any political bargaining for his return to Palestine
Nayef Hawatemah, the head of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, stated that the decision of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak to allow him to return to the self-rule area came as a correction of the former Israeli government's mistaken decision.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 10/29/1999
Hamas and Jordan
The general observer of the Muslim Brothers group in Jordan, Abdul Majid al-Zneibat, told a Lebanese daily that the Hamas resistance movement should not oppose the transfer of its political office from Amman to any other Arab or Islamic capital and is expecting that this proposal will push the Jordanian government to give concessions relating to the existence of the movement and its activities in Jordan.
Jordan, Politics, 10/29/1999
Kuwaiti daily: US secretary of commerce dedicated visit to urging Gulf states to normalize relations with Israel
A Kuwaiti daily has criticized the visit made by US Secretary of Commerce William Daley to several Arab Gulf states, saying the visit was dedicated to urging the Arab Gulf states to maintain economic normalization with Israel, rather than searching to develop bilateral trade relations.
Kuwait-USA, Politics, 10/29/1999
Yemen, Kuwait, Bahrain refute Israeli claims
Yemen on Thursday deliberately denied claims by the Israeli media of secret contacts with Israel.
Regional-Israel, Politics, 10/29/1999
LE 1.6 million for protecting Islamic monuments
The administration of the Supreme Council for Antiquities headed by Dr. Gaballah Ali Gaballah, the council's secretary general, agreed in its meeting yesterday to specify LE 550,000 for participating in the project to move 50 housing units from the ancient area in Sour Magra El-Eweon in Cairo in the framework of developing the area.
Egypt, Culture, 10/29/1999
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Deliberations of the sixth annual conference of the economic research forum for the Arab states, Iran and Turkey started in Cairo on Thursday and will last for four days. Some 200 researchers, economists and businessmen who are members inside and outside the countries of the forum are taking part. The forum's executive director, Heba Jandousa, said the conference will discuss 26 reports dealing with three main issues: labor markets, trade and labor markets in the region.
European economic sources stated today in Cairo that at a time in which the world direct foreign investments increased by 38.7% to reach $643.9 billion in 1998, the outflows of these investments to the Middle East and North African decreased by 6% to reach $7.3 billion.
The total number of road accidents in the Saudi Arabia reached 135,000 in one year, resulting in 3,474 deaths and 128,727 injuries. A statement issued by the Saudi Interior Ministry today said the Saudi interior ministry intends to organize an information campaign through newspapers, magazines, radio and television make drivers aware of the harm caused by excessive speed.
The Moroccan post office "Barid Al-Maghrib" has issued a stamp worth 6 dirhams ($ 0.6), of which 5 dirhams will go to the anti-poverty campaign. The anti-poverty campaign, staged under the chairmanship of King Mohammed VI, is the second drive of the kind to alleviate poverty in the country through national solidarity.
The US embassy in Tel Aviv announced on Thursday that US first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit Israel on November 9, where she will deliver a speech at the annual conference dedicated to commemorating the anniversary of the assassination of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Israel Radio quoted the US embassy as saying that Mrs. Clinton will also visit the Palestinian government areas.
The annual Lisbon Forum for Human Rights North-South Dialogue opens in Rabat today to debate, for three days, "The democratic process and human rights protection in the Mediterranean." Moroccan Premier Abderrahmane Youssoufi and former fishery commissionner of the European Commission Emma Bonino will be awarded the Forum Prize for the year 1999.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the Amnesty International urged the Lebanese authorities to "respect the right to freedom of expression and drop charges of 'insulting' Islam lodged against popular Lebanese musician Marcel Khalife." Amnesty International said that bringing Khalife to the court is "a gross infringement of his right to freedom of expression and a violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to which Lebanon is a state party as well as the Lebanese Constitution which guarantees freedom of opinion."
A delegation of experts from the Arab council of childhood and development is visiting Morocco to define a project to face the phenomenon of homeless children. The visit comes in implementation of a memorandum of understanding signed last September between the council and the Moroccan secretariat of state for social protection, family and children.
The Egypt Air Corporation is studying a new plan to insure the airplanes and protect the passengers from kidnapping operations and hijacking. An official source in the corporation said yesterday evening that this plan focuses on having the support of security officers with high physical fitness and the ability to confront urgent situations. They will be provided with the most modern devices through which they can attack the kidnappers after a study of security shortage in the hijacking accident of Egyptian airplane from Turkey.
A business delegation will arrive in Cairo on Tuesday from Argentina on an Arab tour including Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt. The delegation will be headed by Marselio Ava Gadro, the first undersecretary of the Argentinean Foreign Ministry, and members of the Argentinean - Arab trade chamber. The delegation will number between 15 and 25 businessmen concerned with the Arab region, said the Argentinean embassy in Cairo today.
Moroccan Economy and Finance Minister Fathallah Oualalou announced that his department is looking into a law to alleviate the debts of over-indebted civil servants. Oualalou said the law would replace the outdated 1942 text. He said an estimated 228,000 persons would benefit from the law, 38% of the civil servants whose total debts amounted in 1998 to around $1.4 billion.
The Moroccan national railways office ONCF held meetings with French SNCF this Oct 15 in Marrakesh, and belgian SNCB on Oct 22 in Rabat. The meetings with European partners tackled issues of new technical and professional regulations, new railway computer-management programs, technology experiments, exchange in areas of maintenance of facilities, running equipment and integrated freight as well as spare parts procurements.
Turkish President Suleiman Demirel joined his prime minister, Bulent Ecevit, and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in confirming that relations between Turkey and Israel are not directed against any other country.
Six American nationals on board the sailboat "Wife Of Bath" were rescued Sunday 34 miles west of the Mehdia Harbor on the Atlantic. As soon as the SOS message was issued, the sea-rescue unit and the Royal Gendarmerie sailed to the area and managed, despite adverse weather conditions, to organize the rescue using the "Birgit Sabban" cargo cruising by to the port of Kenitra.