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President Mubarak meets with Saudi Foreign Minister
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met on Tuesday, in two separate meetings with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal and with South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Hong Sun-yong, who are both visiting Egypt.
Egypt-Saudi Arabia-South Korea, Politics, 11/17/1999
Saudi Arabia: Border problem with Yemen to end soon
Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz has asserted that Saudi - Yemeni relations are at their best and that the question of borders will be settled within the coming months.
Saudi Arabia-Yemen, Politics, 11/17/1999
Gulf defense ministers meet in Dubai
The 18th meeting of the foreign ministers of the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council started in Dubai on Tuesday. The ministers are expected to sign, during the meeting, a common defense pact.
Gulf, Politics, 11/17/1999
Saudi Arabia, Egypt for a just Middle East peace
Saudi Arabia and Egypt have underlined the importance of continued work to strengthen Arab solidarity based on total commitment to the Arab League charter, the joint Arab defense agreement and Arab economic cooperation to restore all Arab rights and strengthen Arab security.
Egypt-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 11/17/1999
King Abdullah invites the French to invest in his country
Jordan's King Abdullah II has asserted the need that "the awaiting for solution" will ensure the Palestinian people's achieving their rights, including the right to establish an independent Palestinian state, with Jerusalem as a capital.
Jordan-France, Politics, 11/17/1999
Bouteflika confers with Italian president
Italy on Monday lauded steps taken by Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to establish democratic bases and carry out economic reforms. It expressed the readiness of the European Union to back Algeria.
Algeria-Italy, Politics, 11/17/1999
Korean foreign minister concludes visit to Egypt
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met on Tuesday with South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Hong Sun-yong who is visiting Egypt.
Egypt-South Korea, Politics, 11/17/1999
King calls for 6 percent growth rate
The king also called the conference to ponder on how to adapt the central bank to the evolutions of the international financial system, mobilize savings and use them in investments, make of the stock market an efficient tool in financing investments, and promote the banking system in a way that enables small and medium-sized enterprises to obtain funds to improve their international competitiveness.
Morocco, Economics, 11/17/1999
$114 billion in debts in North Africa's countries drains economic development energy
The debts of the North Africa region for the last year reached nearly $114 billion --37% of the African continent's total debts-- which makes it among the more indebted areas in the world.
North Africa, Economics, 11/17/1999
Erekat: Israeli obstinacy aims at creating precedent for the coming stage
Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian minister of local government and head of the Palestinian side in negotiations of the transitional stage told ArabicNews.com that the Israeli obstinacy regarding the current stage of Israeli redeployment aims at creating a precedent for the coming stage that Israel decides unilaterally on the lands from which it must withdraw.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 11/17/1999
Yemeni president meets Hawatemah
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Tuesday in Sanaa met with the secretary general of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Nayef Hawatemah.
Yemen-Palestine, Politics, 11/17/1999
Report: Barak's diplomatic campaign against Syria
The Jordanian paper al-Hadath quoted well-informed sources in Amman as saying that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak is currently making a diplomatic campaign aimed at making world leaders understand that he is in need of "small Syrian concessions," to find a pretext for the extremists inside and outside the Israeli Knesset to reach a formula of understanding with Syria and then to sign a peace agreement with it.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 11/17/1999
Khatami urges Iranians on vote in elections
The Iranian president Mohammed Khatemi urged the Iranians today to participate in parliamentary elections in February which form a decisive stage in its struggle for reform.
Iran, Politics, 11/17/1999
Egypt presents draft for maintaining security in the Mediterranean Sea
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa said that Egypt has a draft concerning the topic of security in the Mediterranean Sea basin and its relation to the existing problems in the region, emphasizing the importance of working to solve these problems.
Egypt, Politics, 11/17/1999
Report: Cairo waits for the visit of Bashar al-Assad
Diplomatic sources in Cairo have asserted in a Kuwaiti daily issued on Tuesday that Cairo is waiting for the arrival of Bashar al-Assad, son of Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, and his meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to resume the friendly relations linking Cairo and Damascus.
Egypt-Syria, Politics, 11/17/1999
Iraqi oil sales reach $7 billion
Iraqi Oil Minister Amer Muhammad Rashid said on Tuesday that all contracted quantities of oil will be shipped under the current phase of the oil-for-food agreement next week.
Iraq, Economics, 11/17/1999
241 films, international stars, head to Cairo International Film Festival
The administration of the 23rd session of the Cairo International Film Festival, which will be held between November 24 and December 7, chose 16 films from 13 countries to participate in the official competition of the festival out of 241 films that were presented for participation.
Egypt, Culture, 11/17/1999
Habash calls for a united Lebanese, Palestinian front
The secretary general of the People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine, George Habash, has called on the Lebanese and Palestinians to work together in a joint front in confrontation of settling the Palestinians in the Arab states.
Palestine, Politics, 11/17/1999
Iraq revives project for pipeline to transport gas to Turkey
Iraqi Minister of Oil Amir Mohammed Rashid said in press statements yesterday that Iraq is taking steps to revive a project for a pipeline to export natural gas to Turkey, saying to El-Ekesadi newspaper that his ministry took effective steps to revive the project of transporting natural gas from Iraq to Turkey.
Iraq-Turkey, Economics, 11/17/1999
Contacts with Israel to permit Abu al-Einin into Gaza
A Jordanian weekly quoted sources in the Palestinian Authority as saying that high-ranking figures in the PA are making intensive secret contacts with the Israeli leadership to convince it to permit Maj. Gen. Sultan Abu al-Einin from getting into Gaza via the sea.
Palestine-Lebanon, Politics, 11/17/1999
Egyptian company raises bonds worth 100 million pounds
The Egyptian company Orascom Projects and Touristic Development said it is raising the second set of financing bonds for seven years with a total value 100 million pounds at a fixed rate of 12.5% to be paid every six months.
Egypt, Business, 11/17/1999
Emirates company to build oil tanker port in Indonesia
United Arab Emirates-Indonesia, Economics, 11/17/1999
Fair for Russian products in Cairo
Egyptian capital, Cairo, will host a fair for Russian products on November 20 - 26, in which 100 corporations, organizations and companies are participatingm aiming at expanding their works its in Cairo.
Egypt-Russia, Economics, 11/17/1999
European loan for Tunisia of 83.1 million euros
The European Union's commissariat in Cairo said that the European Investment Bank will lend Tunisia 83.1 million euros to finance projects for developing the public and private sectors in the framework of European support for a program to develop the Tunisian economy.
Tunisia-European Union, Economics, 11/17/1999
Confrontations continue in south Lebanon
The Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday continued their attacks against areas adjacent to the occupied part of south Lebanon.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 11/17/1999
Approach of establishing a free trade zone between Egypt and Turkey
Egyptian Minister of Economy Yousef Butros Ghali said that work is being done on the free trade zone agreement between Egypt and Turkey assuring that signing this agreement will not take place before setting all its issues and details to be a base for establishing strong partnership relations between the two countries as well as pushing forward the trade and investment between them.
Egypt-Turkey, Economics, 11/17/1999
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Lebanese President Emile Lahoud on Tuesday in Beirut received at the Baabda palace German Minister of Justice Herta Daeubler-Gmelin and members of the accompanying delegation. The German minister arrived in Beirut earlier in the day for a two-day visit to Lebanon in order to discuss with Lebanese officials means of strengthening bilateral relations.
Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika has sent king Mohammed VI a congratulations message on Morocco's independence day commemorated on November 18. "It is a happy opportunity in this blessed month when the Algerian people celebrates the anniversary of its glorious liberation war to recall the close links existing between our two brother countries and the sacrifices they have made all along the joint struggle for independence, dignity and freedom," Bouteflika wrote.
Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz met on Tuesday in Riyadh with the prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina Wajed, currently visiting Saudi Arabia. Saudi - Bangladeshi relations and current conditions in the Arab and international arenas were reviewed during the meeting.
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat on Tuesday in Gaza received United Arab Emirates Minister of Information and Culture Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who arrived in Gaza in a first visit for a UNAE official for the Palestinian self rule territories. The Palestinian minister of housing Abdul Rahman Hamad said that the UAE minister will lay today ( Wednesday) the foundation stone for Sheikh Zayed city which will be built on the northern part of Gaza strip.
The Moroccan-Saudi joint commission will meet over the weekend in Riyadh, it was officially announced in Rabat on Tuesday. The meeting will be co-chaired by the Moroccan and Saudi foreign ministers, Mohamed Benaissa and Prince Saud Al-Faysal.
Saudi Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources Ali al-Nueimi met on Tuesday in Riyadh with Mexican Secretary of Energy Luis Tellez Kuenzler and members of the accompanying delegation. Cooperation between the two countries in oil and mineral areas and the conditions of world oil markets were reviewed.
Portuguese foreign minister, Jaime Gama, arrived in Rabat on Wednesday for a brief visit. The Portuguese official told reporters he would confer with several cabinet members, including prime minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi, on bilateral relations, issues of mutual concern and Euro-Mediterranean relations.
The Yemeni - Algerian joint committee is to meet on November 22-27, Saba reported.
The Diabetics Disease Friends Society in Jordan has warned that this disease is affecting one third of the country's population, a matter which requires the implementation of urgent programs to avoid risks from this disease. In an earlier statement, Jordanian Minister of Health Yitzhak al-Maraka said that the rate of Jordanians who have this disease is 15% among the population.
Turkish Minister of State Hasan Gemici is expected in Morocco next Monday on a four day visit for talks with members of the Moroccan cabinet, including prime minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi.
King Mohammed VI received in Rabat Tuesday Issa Hayatou, chairman of the Cairo-based African football federation, whom he decorated with the Alawit Wissam of the commander rank.
The council of the Arab ministers of housing and public construction approved at the conclusion of their 17th session held on Tuesday in Cairo at the premises of the Arab League the adoption of two decisions by its executive bureau over the united Arab housing codes and the scientific seminar programs for the years 2000 through 2002.
Two pilots in the Yemeni Air Force were killed on Tuesday after their MiG 20 warplane crashed over a plantation to the east of Aden, in the southern part of the country. News reports in Aden quoted well-informed Yemeni sources as saying that the plane was on a routine training mission and that investigations started investigating the crash.
An Italian parliamentary delegation started on Tuesday a visit to Morocco for talks with members of the cabinet and the parliament on ways to upgrade bilateral cooperation.
The Algerian - German projects committee agreed on financing 20 projects at a cost of $24 million US, to be specified for environment projects, scientific research, purifying water, small and medium-sized corporations and agriculture, as well as reopening a bureau of the German cooperation corporation and sending German experts starting from the coming year to Algeria to train Algerians in different fields.
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed Commander for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Major General Seth Kofi Obeng of Ghana will take over UNIFIL as as of December 1, replacing Major General Jioje Konousi Konrote of Fiji, who held the post from October 1, 1997 to September 1, 1999. Major General Obeng had served as Force Commander of the United Nations Observer Mission in Angola (MONUA) from May 1, 1998 to October 31, 1999.
In the framework of Syria's celebrations of the 29th anniversary of the "Correctionist Movement," Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa laid the foundation for the new premises of the Foreign Ministry at Kafer Suseh quarter in Damascus. The four-building complex is to be built on an area of 40,000 square meters.
Over one hundred paintings by Moroccan artist Mehdi Qotbi were burnt Sunday in a criminal arson, the France-based artist told MAP. The 110 paintings were on display in a hotel in the French city of Lyon.
US Novelist Paul Bowles, 89, was taken Monday to a hospital in Tangiers, said sources close to the US author who is living in Tangiers. Bowles born in 1910 in New York is one of the beat generation authors. He is the author of "Tea in the Sahara" turned in a movie by Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci.