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Gulf states summit ratify customs union
The leaders of the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council concluded their 20th summit in Riyadh today, as the summit agreed to start implementing the customs union among their countries starting from the year 2005.
Gulf, Politics, 11/29/1999
Ben Ali starts visit to Cairo
Tunisian President Zein al-Abidin Ben Ali arrived today in Cairo on a two-day official visit, where he was received by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak at Cairo airport.
Egypt-Tunisia, Politics, 11/29/1999
Arresting a university professor and a doctor for criticizing Palestinian government
The Palestinian security bodies arrested a university professor and a doctor who participated in signing a statement that severely criticizes the Palestinian Authority.
Palestine, Politics, 11/29/1999
Hamas asked Doha to renew its mediation with Jordan
Well-informed Palestinian sources in Damascus said that two members of the political bureau of the Hamas resistance movement, Mousa Abu Marzouk and Imad al-Alami, on Saturday concluded a secret two-day visit to Qatar, during which they met with the four Hamas leaders who were expelled by the Jordanian authorities to Doha last week.
Syria-Qatar, Politics, 11/29/1999
Blair envoy in Damascus today discuss Syrian peace track
Michael Levy, envoy of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, is arriving today in Damascus, where he will hold discussions in the Syrian Foreign Ministry regarding means of resuming negotiations halted by Israel with Syria in 1996.
Syria-UK, Politics, 11/29/1999
Qatari - Egyptian meetings in December
Meetings of the Qatari - Egyptian committee are to convene at the beginning of the coming December under the chairmanship of Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jasem Ben Jabir al-Thani and Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa, who will also visit Bahrain.
Egypt-Qatar, Politics, 11/29/1999
Colloquy on Arab cities recommends respect of environment in town planning
A colloquy on new cities in the Arab world held in the Moroccan southern city of Agadir last week recommended the respect of economic and environmental requirements in town planning.
Morocco, Culture, 11/29/1999
King of Morocco calls for international action to preserve world legacy
King Mohammed VI of Morocco called this Monday for coordinating international action to rescue human cultural heritage arguing that "a loss incurred anywhere is a loss to humankind."
Morocco-International, Culture, 11/29/1999
Damascus hosts the 10th conference of the IFATU
The federation's general secretariat has prepared three memorandum on changes of the economic and social role of trade union; the economic and social impact of the policy of structural adjustment on the Arab labor force and the third memorandum was on poverty and unemployment in the Arab states.
Regional, Economics, 11/29/1999
Assassinating Hachani will not stop Algerian reconciliation, minister says
Algerian Minister of Justice Ghaouti Mekamcha said that the track of the civil rapport and reconciliation is continuing and that all the Algerians assured this despite the assassination of Sheikh Abdelkader Hachani last week.
Algeria, Politics, 11/29/1999
French Senate chairman visits Algeria
The chairman of the French Senate, Christian Poncelet, said yesterday that his current visit to Algeria "aims at resetting the relations between Algeria and France,"
Algeria-France, Politics, 11/29/1999
Fighting continues in Iraqi no-fly zones
Clashes continued during the past two days in both the northern and southern Iraq "no-fly zones."
Iraq-USA, Military, 11/29/1999
Moroccan agriculture and fisheries minister visits Moscow
The Moroccan minister of agriculture, rural development and fisheries, Habib El Malki, arrived this Monday in Moscow for a four-day visit to upgrade Moroccan-Russian economic cooperation.
Morocco-Russia, Politics, 11/29/1999
Arab League chief calls for Arab information technology scheme
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid called on Sunday for drawing up a comprehensive Arab scheme to develop the sector of information technology in the Arab world.
Regional, Science, 11/29/1999
Somalia: Islamic courts replaced the state
Since more than 10 years, the Somalis have been living without a central national authority and under abnormal conditions due to the civil war which divided the country into several districts, which by its turn were divided into areas under disputes between various tribes.
Somalia, Politics, 11/29/1999
Moroccan secretary of state of environment starts visit to Germany
Moroccan secretary of state for environment, Ahmed Iraqui, started this Monday a three-day visit to Germany to get first hand information on German high tech in matters of struggle against industrial pollution and waste treatment.
Morocco-Germany, Environment, 11/29/1999
European fishing trawlers on forced mooring
Starting November 30, the European boats will stop all fishing activities in Moroccan waters as the agreement binding Morocco to the European Union expires.
Morocco-European Union, Economics, 11/29/1999
Egyptian minister of higher education to visit Palestine in March
Egyptian Minister of Higher Education Mufid Shehab welcomed Palestinian students who want to study in Egyptian universities, whether for bachelor's degrees or in the higher studies, emphasizing the depth of relations that link the Palestinian and Egyptian people in all political, cultural and educational fields.
Egypt-Palestine, Education, 11/29/1999
US to establish a business center in Damascus
Diplomatic sources told the London-based al-Hayat daily that the US is discussing the idea of establishing a US businessmen center in Damascus at a cost of US $ 200 million which will be the second in Syria after the Syrian-European Business center (SEBC)
Syria-USA, Economics, 11/29/1999
Kuwaiti fund delegation visits Algeria
A delegation from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) started on Sunday for five-day visit to Algeria, for talks with Algerian officials on bilateral operation and to distribute aid to charitable projects.
Algeria-Kuwait, Politics, 11/29/1999
Arab academy for finance and banking discuss investment and integration
Regional, Economics, 11/29/1999
Israel continues attacks against south Lebanon
The Israeli warplanes on Sunday flew intensively in the airspace of the western Bekaa district, in eastern Lebanon.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 11/29/1999
Arab youth underlines responsibility of all in protecting world heritage
Young Arab participants in a forum which wound up here on Friday underlined the responsibility of all components of society, especially the youth, in protecting the world cultural and historical heritage.
Regional, Culture, 11/29/1999
Mauritania prevents a demonstration by the opposition
The Mauritanian government on Sunday prevented the opposition parties from organizing a people's march on Thursday in protest of the rapprochement with Israel.
Mauritania, Politics, 11/29/1999
US trade representative on coming WTO round
US Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky last week outlined the US goals for the upcoming conference of the World Trade Organization in Seattle
Regional-USA, Economics, 11/29/1999
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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak expressed Egypt's hope for reaching final status negotiations in the framework which is agreed upon to reach a fair solution to all aspects of the Palestinian cause as the substance of the Middle East problem and the cornerstone for a just and comprehensive peace, as well as equal security for all countries and peoples of the area without discrimination.
Yemeni Prime Minister Abdul Karam al-Iryani met with visiting Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa, Saba reported yesterday, adding that the talks addressed the results of the joint Egyptian - Yemeni committee and regional issues of mutual concern. It also said Moussa delivered a message from Egyptian Prime Minister Atef Ebeid.
President Hafez al-Assad on Sunday called on all Syrian citizens to pray for rain at 9:30 a.m. next Friday at the Great Umayyad Mosque in Damascus and all over the country's provinces, begging the Almighty God to bring rain.The President's call was extended by the Syrian of al-Awqaf ministry ( Islamic trusts) to all citizens saying that the call of President al-Assad was made as a result of the delay in the seasonal rain this year.
The Sudanese government said yesterday that an explosion took place on November 27 in eastern Sudan that caused damage to a pipeline for transporting petroleum between Port Sudan and Khartoum. Sudanese Minister of Energy Awad Al-Jaz said the pipeline, which provides most of Sudan with its petroleum needs, is expected to be fixed today, but the Sudanese minister did not specify who was behind this assault, which is considered the second in less than three months.
Tunisian President Zein El-Abidin Ben Ali is receiving Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid tomorrow during the two-day visit he is paying to Egypt starting today. A Tunisian source in Cairo said the meeting will tackle the developments in the area, and means of enhancing joint Arab cooperation in all fields.
Yemen and Eritrea will announce on December 17 the final decision on maritime borders, the Yemeni news agency, Saba, reported arbitration committee member Ahmed Al-Goshairi as saying.
Sudanese Minister of Tourism and Environment Mohamed Tahir Eila and Minister of Culture and Information Ameen Hassan Omar arrived in Bahrain on Sunday evening for a short visit, Gulf News Agency reported.
Lee Ti Ying, a member of the Chinese Communist Party's Politburo how is heading a delegation of his party's members on a visit to Syria, met with the regional secretary of Syria's Baath Arab Socialist Party, Suleiman Qaddah, SANA reported. It added that the two sides discussed relations between the two parties and their countries and the Middle East peace process.
The EU- ME special envoy Miguel Angel Moratinos arrives in Beirut today (Monday) in a two-day visit to Lebanon.
The cities of Marrakesh (Morocco) and Dir Ballah (Palestine) signed in Marrakesh over the weekend a convention opening cooperation between the two town councils in technical and artistic fields and in the management of local affairs. Under the convention, the two sides will set up a joint committee to follow up the convention's enforcement.
Low oil prices and reduced sales combined to reduce trade during 1998 between the Gulf Cooperation Council's six member states and Japan by 23.9%, Gulf News reported. The report added that trade fell from $41.26 billion in 1997 to $31.69 billion in 1998, including a drop in the value of crude oil imports from $24.85 billion to $16.22 (34.73%) despite a drop of only 2.98% in the amount of oil imported.
US President Bill Clinton signed the new US budget today afternoon, which contains aid to the Palestinian Authority as called for in the Wye River agreement.