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Saudi Arabia welcomes Chinese president
Chinese President Jiang Zemin started his four-day visit to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz, which is considered his first visit to Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia-China, Politics, 11/1/1999
Chinese president concludes visit to Algeria
Chinese President Jiang Zemin concluded his visit to Algeria on Sunday. Earlier in the day, Algeria and China asserted that achieving a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East will serve peace and development on the international level and comply with the main interests of the peoples of the region.
Algeria-Saudi Arabia-China, Politics, 11/1/1999
Egyptian ministerial delegation heads to Kuwait over mistreatment of Egyptians
Egyptian Minister of Labor Ahmed El-Amawi left Cairo today for Kuwait, heading a high-ranking delegation to discuss the incidents took place this weekend between Egyptian laborers and the Kuwaiti police.
Egypt-Kuwait, Politics, 11/1/1999
UAE proposals for breaking the link between the dirham and the dollar
United Arab Emirates economic circles suggested breaking the link between the dirham and the US dollar and linking it to a currency basket to help the UAE national economy avoid fluctuations which it may cause it losses due to the gains resulting from the dollar's power, which has been linked with the dirham's price since the issue of the national currency.
United Arab Emirates-USA, Economics, 11/1/1999
Barak: al-Assad is the only partner who takes peace decisions in Syria
On the eve of convening the US, Palestinian and Israeli summit in Oslo to give a new impetus to the final status negotiations for the Palestinian territories, the Syrian - Israeli track has witnessed a "verbal move," and Washington stressed that there is no crisis on this track and that efforts have been intensified to re-launch negotiations between its two sides.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 11/1/1999
Libyan - Egyptian relations
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak received a report from Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa concerning the talks he held with Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi yesterday and the results of his communications with other Libyan officials.
Egypt-Libya, Politics, 11/1/1999
No expectations from Oslo summit
The official final status talks are due to start next week in Ramallah but Palestinian expectations are very low. The gap separating the Palestinian demands and the guidelines of the Israeli government are too large to be bridged by hopes, one Palestinian observer commented Monday.
Palestine-Israel-USA, Politics, 11/1/1999
There is no progress in the peace process that requires establishing diplomatic relations with Israel, Arab League
Official sources in the Arab League said yesterday reiterating the position of Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid which he stated lately regarding the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Mauritania and his description of this procedure as coming at an inappropriate time, which is a stance based on Arab League decision No 5629 for 1997.
Mauritania-Regional, Politics, 11/1/1999
On negotiations on the Syrian-Israeli track
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Nawaf Masalha stated that there are indirect contacts between Israel and Syria to resume peace negotiations between them. He added that according to his personal assessment, these contacts will take two to three months until it they bear fruit into resuming negotiations officially.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 11/1/1999
Gaddafi gets messages from Moroccan, Sudanese, Egyptian counterparts
Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gaddafi on Sunday received a message from Moroccan King Muhammad VI pertaining to coordination between the Arab Maghreb member states on the "grave measure" taken by Mauritania in establishing full diplomatic relations with Israel, a step which is considered a blow to the Arab Maghreb federation and the Arab states.
Libya-Regional, Politics, 11/1/1999
King Abdullah confers with French tourism minister
King Abdullah II of Jordan met on Saturday in Amman with the French tourism minister, Michelle Demessine, currently visiting Jordan.
Jordan-France, Economics, 11/1/1999
Ethical values in public life tops government concerns, Youssoufi says
The government, which is aware of the adverse impacts of corruption on the development strategies, is endeavoring to devise a modern and general approach to moralize public life, Youssoufi said
Morocco, Politics, 11/1/1999
Morocco stages second anti-poverty campaign
Morocco is launching this Monday its second anti-poverty campaign that consists of collecting funds from individuals, companies and associations to alleviate poverty in the country.
Morocco, Economics, 11/1/1999
British delegation backing Iraq arrives in Jordan
A British Parliament member for the Labor Party, George Galloway, and members of the accompanying delegation arrived on Saturday evening in Aqaba city for a five-day visit to Jordan, during which he will meet with several Jordanian officials and people's activists.
Jordan-Iraq-UK, Politics, 11/1/1999
Kuwaiti emir, officials confer with Lebanese clergy
Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah received the chairman of the higher Shiite council in Lebanon, Sheikh Muhammad Mahdi Shamseddine, on Sunday in Kuwait.
Kuwait-Lebanon, Politics, 11/1/1999
Bahrain protests over confiscation of maps in Qatar
Bahrain has withdrawn its team from a Gulf exhibition for stamps currently being held in Qatar in protest over the confiscation of maps and stamps showing the Hawar islands, subject of a dispute between the two countries, as an integral part of Bahrain.
Bahrain-Qatar, Politics, 11/1/1999
Iraqi opposition meetings in northern Iraq
Iraq, Politics, 11/1/1999
Iraqi opposition meeting in New York disputes
The official spokesman for the Islamic Labor Organization in Iraq, Jawad al-Attar, has denied what has been stated by certain media on the participation of the organization in the meetings of the Iraqi National Congress in New York.
United Arab Emirates-Iraq, Politics, 11/1/1999
Mine kills a child in southern Iraq
The Iraqi News Agency said yesterday that a child was killed and his older brother was injured as the result the explosion of munitions dropped by US and British aircraft on southern Iraq. The agency didn't mention the time of the incident.
Iraq-USA, Military, 11/1/1999
UK appoints ambassador in Sudan
The Sudanese government received a message from the UK government in which it confirmed the appointment of Richard Makepeace, currently the UK charge d'affairs in Khartoum, as ambassador to Sudan.
Sudan-UK, Politics, 11/1/1999
Cairo to host meetings of international organization for tourism and hotels in 2001
Cairo will host on October 25 - 29, 2001 the meetings of the international organization for tourism and hotels (IH-RA) located in Paris, whose board of directors will be headed by Jordanian tourism expert Osman Aidi, head of the Arab union for tourism and hotels.
Regional-International, Economics, 11/1/1999
Morocco lays foundation stone for large sports compound in Tangiers
A ministerial delegation on Sunday laid the foundation stone for a $30 million sports complex in the northern city of Tangiers.
Morocco, Business, 11/1/1999
Israel continues attacks against south Lebanon
The Lebanese resistance on Sunday attacked the Israeli occupation position and their agents in al-Muheisbat in the central sector of the occupied part of south Lebanon.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 11/1/1999
Two Mauritanian journalists expelled from their union over visiting Israel
The Mauritanian Journalists Union has decided to expel journalists Muhammad Khal Ould Ahmad, the director of the news department at the Mauritanian television and the news director at the Mauritania's radio, Alfa Ankidi, from the union's membership over visiting Israel and violating the decision taken by the Mauritanian Journalists Union and the Arab Journalists Union which ban normalization of relations with Israel in any form.
Mauritania, Politics, 11/1/1999
Moroccan contingent to leave Tuesday for Kosovo
A Moroccan military contingent of 270 members heads for Kosovo Tuesday to be in charge of health and social works as part of the United Nations Force (KFOR) deployed in the province.
Morocco-Yugoslavia, Politics, 11/1/1999
Renowned Sudanese singer dies at 70
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Sunday eulogized renowned Sudanese artist Ahmad Mustafa who died on Saturday at 70.
Sudan, People, 11/1/1999
Latest on EgyptAir crash
Rear Admiral Richard Larrabee of the US Coast Guard said today that the effort to search for the debris of EgyptAir flight 990, which was lost yesterday off the US coast has officially been changed from a "search-and rescue" operation to a "search-and-recover" operation.
Egypt, Local, 11/1/1999
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Arab sources stated today that US First Lady Hillary Clinton will visit the Middle East in the first half of the current month in a tour that will include Israel, the Palestinian territories, Egypt, Morocco and Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi royal court on Saturday said in a statement that Saudi Defense Minister Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz will start an official visit to the US today at the invitation of US Defense Secretary William Cohen.
Tunisian Foreign Minister Said Bin Mustafa has asserted that his visit to Libya falls in the course of coordination and continued consultations in the framework of the Arab Maghreb Union in order to respond to the action taken by Mauritania's government to raise the level of diplomatic representation with Israel to the ambassadorial level.
Morocco dispatched Saturday a humanitarian aid to victims of floods in several parts of Mauritania. Two aircraft landed in Nouakchott bearing a cargo of 13 tons of blankets, foodstuffs and drugs. A third plane carrying tents and accommodation equipments landed later in the day. Mauritanian Food Security Minister Lemrabet Sidi Mahmoud Ould Sheikh Ahmed voiced thanks to Morocco saying the move showed the "strong brotherly ties" existing between the two countries.
Bahraini Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Issa al-Khaleifa on Sunday in Manama received a message from Iranian President Muhammad Khatami related to bilateral relations between the two countries and consultations concerning matters of concern to the Organization of the Islamic Conference. Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Muhammad Bin Mubarak al-Khaleifa received a message from the Iranian ambassador to Bahrain, Muhammad Fairouz, during their meeting on Sunday.
Mauritanian official sources said yesterday that Mauritania decided to summon its ambassador, Mawlai Abdu Allah, from Baghdad. The sources in Nouakchott said this came in reply to the last meeting of the Iraqi Cabinet, which denounced the agreement that took place in Washington between Mauritania and Israel to establish full diplomatic relations between them, as Nouakchott considered this denunciation as an interference in its internal affairs.
Gabonese President Haj Omar Bongo left Rabat Sunday after a five-day visit to the kingdom, during which he met King Mohammed VI. Bongo headed for Libya for talks with Leader Moammar Gaddafi on follow-up of the resolutions stemming from the last OAU summit meeting held in Syrte, Libya.
The official statement revealed yesterday that the reserves of foreign currency in Algeria decreased to $4.393 billion at the end of August while it was $4.641 billion in June. The statement issued by the Finance Ministry estimated the foreign reserves at the end of December 1998 at $6.850 billion, as the decrease reached $1.65 billion from its level in January 1998.
Morocco takes part in the 11th International Tourism and Travel Exhibition of Montreal alongside a hundred participants from all over the world. The Moroccan aisle is very successful with visitors and operators alike with its Menara shape and craftsmen carving wood in a time-old manner before baffled watchers, and efforts of the Moroccan travel industry, attending in large numbers.
The Spanish police arrested on Sunday 26 emigrants from North Africa who entered Spain illegally on board small boats. The group included two minors and a woman. Since last January a total of 10,000 illegal emigrants were arrested in Spain and 1,561 were expelled from the country, according to the Spanish security.