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Today: Concluding discussions between Mubarak and El-Bashir in Cairo
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak concluded today talks with Sudanese President Omar El-Bashir, during which they discussed the latest developments in Sudan.
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 12/23/1999
Moussa assures success of El-Bashir's visit to Cairo
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa stated that the discussions between Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Sudanese President Omar El-Bashir took place in a positive and intimate atmosphere that reflects the great Egyptian concern with Sudan and its affairs and movement toward stability in Sudan as well as ending the disputes there.
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 12/23/1999
Lebanese parliament approves election law
Quickly, as expected, without amendments worthy to be mentioned and in two short sessions held in one day, in an intensive parliamentary presence and the absence of warm welcome, the general commission of the Lebanese Parliament on Wednesday approved the new election law with a majority of 81 and the opposition of 17 parliament members, while four parliamentarians abstained from voting.
Lebanon, Politics, 12/23/1999
King Mohammed condoles Algerian president over quake
King Mohammed VI sent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika a condolence message following the earth quake that jolted Algeria, claiming 28 lives.
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 12/23/1999
Twenty killed, tens wounded in Algerian earthquake
Algerian television broadcast on Wednesday that an earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale hit on Wednesday night in western Algeria and resulted according to preliminary estimates in the death of 20 persons, wounding tens and causing material losses in Ain Temouchent, 450 KM west of the capital.
Algeria, Politics, 12/23/1999
King Mohammed gets For Grenada 1999 prize
King Mohammed VI was awarded in Grenada Wednesday the honorary "For Grenada 1999" prize by the Grenada radio-stations network "Ser." Official spokesman of the Royal Palace Hassan Aourid, who received the prize on behalf of the king at the "Al Hamra" palace, said it spelt support to democratic changes undertaken by the king since coming to power aiming for democracy under the rule of the law.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 12/23/1999
Syrian imports for the first half of 1999 estimated at 19 billion Syrian pounds
Tishreen reported that most of the imported items are for consumption rather than for use in production processes. It said cars and relevant spare parts were imported at a cost of 2 billion SP; 1.3 billion SP for sugar, cocoa and foreign tobacco imports and 1.8 billion SP for bananas, tea and coffee. The daily added, "It is regrettable to import industrialized textiles and cotton and wool fabrics at a cost of 1.9 billion SP, which is quite a large number, while the country has stores of similar cotton and textile fabrics."
Syria, Economics, 12/23/1999
Lebanon to restore seven villages annexed by the French mandate to Palestine
Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss has asserted Lebanon's determination to restore seven Lebanese villages which were annexed by the French mandate to Palestine upon demarcating the southern borders of Lebanon in agreement between the French and the British.
Lebanon, Politics, 12/23/1999
Muslim Brothers group in Syria call for revealing implications on assassination of Sheikh Yakan
The Muslim Brothers group in Syria has called for revealing the implications behind the assassination of Sheikh Amin Yakan in Aleppo on December 16 and called for "chasing the criminal and those who stand behind them."
Syria, Local, 12/23/1999
Arafat, Jordanian officials review ways of detente with Syria and Lebanon
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat has asserted that there are no new developments in the current talks with Israel. He said the Palestinian side is "insistent on maintaining its right on the grounds of its solid position backed by signed resolutions and agreements."
Palestine-Jordan, Politics, 12/23/1999
Agreement on a united administration for Mogadishu
The main five Somali warring groups which control Mogadishu on Wednesday signed an agreement to establish a joint administration in the capital.
Somalia, Politics, 12/23/1999
Anti-corruption committee meets
The Moroccan follow-up committee of struggle against corruption met in Rabat on Wednesday to prepare strategies for the fight against corruption.
Morocco, Politics, 12/23/1999
Israeli sources assure of difficulty in reaching two agreements at the same time with Syria and Palestine
Diplomatic Israeli sources in Cairo told ArabicNews.com that, "It will be difficult to reach two agreements for peace with Palestine and Syria at the same time and present the two agreements in one public referendum as the Israeli law states."
Israel-Regional, Politics, 12/23/1999
Discussions between Khartoum and the SPLA army next month
Sudanese opposition sources said peace talks between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Army concerning the IGAD initiative will begin in middle of the coming month.
Sudan, Politics, 12/23/1999
Government ready to resume social dialogue
In a debate hosted by the weekly "La Vie Economique," Alioua said each union will have the possibility of starting sectorial negotiations to pave the way for an economic and social policy. The main problem, he said, is the unfair spread of wealth in the country which requires a new process based on consensus.
Morocco, Politics, 12/23/1999
Reforms spur growth in Morocco
The reforms operated by Morocco in the 1990s have enabled it to double economic growth in the country, the London-based business daily Financial Times wrote.
Morocco, Economics, 12/23/1999
Jordan seeks oil cooperation with Iraq
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein on Wednesday received a message from Jordan's King Abdullah II that dealt with "bilateral relations between the two sisterly countries."
Iraq-Jordan, Politics, 12/23/1999
Sheikh Saad spends recovery period in London
The Kuwaiti official news agency KUNA said on Wednesday that Kuwaiti Crown Prince and Prime Minister Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah al-Sabah had left Washington heading for London, where he will spend a recovery period after he completed his medical checkups.
Kuwait, Politics, 12/23/1999
US official: Peace talks to be held in Shepherdstown, West Virginia
A high-ranking US official announced on Tuesday that the second round of the Syrian-Israeli peace talks will be held in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 70 KM from Washington DC.
Syria-Israel-USA, Politics, 12/23/1999
Iranian ambassador voices backing for Syria
Iran's ambassador to Lebanon, Ali Sabahani, has asserted his country's total backing for Syria's stand and "its struggle in defense of its, Arab and Muslims' legitimate rights"
Syria-Iran, Politics, 12/23/1999
Jordan joins World Trade Organization
Jordanian sources said that Jordan officially joined the World Trade Organization, stating that the decision of the organization's permanent council was unanimous concerning Jordan's membership in the international organization.
Jordan, Economics, 12/23/1999
Research ship to help build Moroccan foundation for use of sea resources
Morocco will get by March 31, 2001 a $ 11-million research ship built in Japanese shipyards to upgrade scientific research and secure the autonomy of works conducted on pelagics in Moroccan waters.
Morocco, Science, 12/23/1999
Spanish fishery minister disappointed yet upbeat
Spanish Agriculture and Fishery Minister Jesus Posada said Wednesday he was upbeat as to the final outcome of Morocco-UE talks on a fishing agreement yet voiced disappointment when no date for talks was announced at the end of the visit to the kingdom of commissioner Franz Fischler.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 12/23/1999
Final arrangements start for Egypt's celebrations of the third millennium
The press center for Egypt's celebration of the millennium, which will be held before the pyramids on December 31, is starting its activity today to serve the local, Arab and international media to cover this celebration, Mohammed Ghonaim, the first under secretary of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture and head of the informational committee of the celebration, said.
Egypt, Politics, 12/23/1999
Some 500 million Arabs by the year 2025
Economic reports prepared by international experts have warned against the high population growth registered in the majority of the Arab states exceeding the average in most parts of the world except Africa and several Latin American states.
Regional, Economics, 12/23/1999
Iraq to bid farewell to the new year in a general mourning day
Iraq, Politics, 12/23/1999
Bodies of killed Lebanese resistance fighters withdrawn from the south
Lebanese security sources said on Wednesday that the occupation forces and their agents closed the main roads to Arnoun town in the occupied part of south Lebanon after it opened a very narrow road that citizens can go through and prevented them from taking their personal belongings.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 12/23/1999
Morocco, association of Caribbean states sign accord
Morocco-International, Politics, 12/23/1999
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Sudanese President Omar El-Bashir yesterday evening in his residency's in Kasr El-Koba in Cairo received Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid. The meeting was attended by Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Othman Ismael and the Sudanese president's legal and political advisor, Abd El-Baset Sebdarat, as well as Ahmed Abd El-Halim, the Sudanese ambassador in Cairo and dealt with the latest developments in Sudan and the Arab situation.
The efforts of the mediation committee between Sudanese President Omar El-Bashir and Hassan Turabi, head of the parliament, are facing clear obstacles as the committee has not convened its first meeting, scheduled for last Monday. The committee, including the most prominent Islamic figures in Sudan and headed by Abd El-Rahim Ali, finished preparing its primary ideas for solving the disputes in the ruling National Congress Party, as it will deliver those ideas to El-Bashir after his tour of the Arab states.
Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi received a message from his Indian peer, Atal Behari Vajpayee. The message was handed to Youssoufi by Indian ambassador to Morocco, Indraht Singh Rathore.
Lebanese Minister of Interior Michel Murr and Butros Butros Ghali, secretary general of the Francophony organization, have reviewed the Lebanese preparations for convening the conference of the Francophony organization in Lebanon during October 2001.
Egypt received yesterday a report concerning the results of the talks that took place on Tuesday between Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa said he received phone calls from Ahmed Qrea (Abu Alaa), head of the Palestinian Legislative Council, and from Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy, as they reviewed the results of talks between President Arafat and Prime Minister Barak, as the two sides assured their relief toward the discussion, which lasted more than three hours.
King Mohammed arrived in Rabat Wednesday afternoon, coming from Fez and a short stop in the spiritual capital on his way back from Oujda. In the northeastern part of the kingdom, the sovereign had launched several socioeconomic projects and foodstuff distribution campaigns in favor of the needy in the region.
Iraqi sources stated that they do not exclude a new comprehensive US attack on many military targets in case of Baghdad's refusal to form the new weapons inspection committee, saying that the pretext this time will be Iraq's non-cooperation with UN as an international organization that must be respected. Baghdad fears that the confrontation will move from the UN to northern Iraq, which will increase the Iraqi people's suffering, which may in turn increase the fury toward the current Iraqi government.
Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi heads this Thursday to the Palestinian territories, where he will take part in the Bethlehem 2000 festivities, organized by the Palestinian government, it was officially announced in Rabat. The prime minister will be accompanied by Andre Azoulay, advisor to the king.
President Haj Omar Bongo of Gabon on Wednesday voiced full backing to Morocco's bid to host the 2006 World Cup football finals. Gabon totally backs Morocco's bid, the bid of all Africa, which has not had the privilege to host the World Cup, President Bongo said while receiving a Moroccan delegation. Driss Benhima, who heads the delegation, handed the Gabonese head of state a message from King Mohammed VI.
King Mohammed VI sent a message of congratulations to President Joaquim Chissano on his reelection at the head of Mozambique.
Morocco on Wednesday tied 0-0 with Senegal in a trial match for the African Nations Cup (CAN 2000), to be co-hosted next January-February by Ghana and Nigeria.
Morocco is still topping all African and Arab states on the FIFA rankings of December. Morocco comes in 24th with 615 points followed by South Africa (30th) with 597 points. Brazil won FIFA's team of the year award for the sixth successive time.
A quake measuring 5.2 hit the northeastern Moroccan city of Oujda on Wednesday, the geophysics center said. The quake caused no human or material damage.
Saudi Arabian Agriculture and Water Resources Minister Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz bin Muammar said King Fahd had order the payment of $746 million in arrears to farmers for the 1996/97 harvest, Gulf News reported.
The UAE's Emirates airline and India's Jet Air have reached an agreement under which passengers leaving or arriving in India will be able to check their baggage in for their final destination, avoiding intermediate check-ins, Khaleej Times reported.
Bahrain plans the Bahrain Logistics Community System to help facilitate e-commerce through tracking consignments, Gulf Daily News reported.