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King Mohammed ends visit to Emirates, expected in Tunisia
King Mohammed VI left the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday heading for Tunisia at the end of a visit, during which he was received by UAE President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan.
United Arab Emirates-Morocco, Politics, 12/28/1999
Arab League: Israel steals Arab waters
A report prepared by the Arab League has warned against the consequences of Israeli thefts of Arab waters, asserting that it takes 80% of the renewable waters in the West Bank and then sells 20% of these waters to the Palestinians.
Regional, Politics, 12/28/1999
Qatari - Bahraini summit convened today
Bahrain-Qatar, Politics, 12/28/1999
Algerian president for strengthening Arab solidarity
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has called for purifying the Arab atmospheres, strengthening solidarity and enhancing inter-Arab relations on the grounds of mutual respect.
Algeria-Regional, Politics, 12/28/1999
Moroccan premier congratulates newly-appointed Algerian peer
Moroccan Premier Abderrahmane Youssoufi sent his new Algerian peer, Ahmed Benbitour, a letter congratulating him for his appointment as head of the Algerian government.
Morocco-Algeria, Politics, 12/28/1999
A Sudanese committee to end conflict over governmental authority
Abd El-Rahim Ali, head of the Shura council in the Sudanese ruling National Congress Party, said the council decided in its urgent meeting last night to form a committee to end the dispute over authority among the ruling and interior bodies.
Sudan, Politics, 12/28/1999
Damascus approves the visit of Yasser Amro
Syria-Palestine, Politics, 12/28/1999
Libyan - Sudanese discussions
Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Othman Ismael met with his Libyan counterpart, Omar El-Montasser, and tackled regional, international and Sudanese developments concerning the Libyan - Egyptian initiative for solving the Sudanese crisis.
Libya-Sudan, Politics, 12/28/1999
Navigation line opened between Bahrain and Iraq
The Emerati ship Jabal Ali arrived yesterday afternoon at the Iraqi harbor Om El-Kasr coming from Salman harbor in Bahrain to open the first maritime line linking Iraq and Bahrain.
Bahrain-Iraq, Economics, 12/28/1999
Phone call between Arafat and Barak; on treatment of prisoners
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat held yesterday a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak to improve the treatment of Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli prisons and to address the necessity of releasing a new group of prisoners for Ramadan month according to what is stated in the Sharm El-Sheikh agreement.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 12/28/1999
Communications for convening meeting between El-Bashir, opposition leaders
Official Sudanese political sources said that Egypt and Libya presented a proposal to the Sudanese parties that call for convening a meeting between Sudanese President Omar El-Bashir and leaders of the opposition.
Sudan-Regional, Politics, 12/28/1999
Lebanese president, people welcome freed detainees
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud has vowed to exert further efforts to release all Lebanese prisoners from Khiam jail and other Israeli occupation prisons.
Lebanon, Politics, 12/28/1999
Pan-Arab economic bloc important
Presidential Advisor for Political Affairs Osama el-Baz underlined the importance of a gradual creation of a pan-Arab economic bloc until it matures to the shape of an Arab common market.
Egypt, Economics, 12/28/1999
Jordan licenses new political party
The Jordanian authorities have recently permitted the establishment of a new political party carrying the name of "the Jordanian Arab New Dawn" (al-Fajr al-Jadid al-Arabi al-Aurduni) to be the second party licensed in the kingdom since King Abdullah II ascended to the throne in February this year.
Jordan, Politics, 12/28/1999
On the release of the five Lebanese Hizbullah members
Israeli Finance Minister Avraham Shochat has stated that the decision taken to free five members of the Hizbullah Party came in light of resuming peace talks with Syria.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 12/28/1999
EU role comes after maintaining a peace agreement between Syria and Israel
Western diplomatic sources in Damascus said that the European Union's Middle East peace process coordinator, Miguel Moratinos, is exerting efforts to play a role in the second round of peace negotiations between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa, adding that Moratinos will arrive in Damascus to discuss this matter with Syrian officials.
Syria-Israel-European Union, Politics, 12/28/1999
Morocco sends relief to quake victims in Algeria
Two Moroccan planes flew Monday to the Algerian city of Oran to deliver a humanitarian assistance to the victims of the earthquake that rocked recently the Algerian western areas.
Morocco-Algeria, Economics, 12/28/1999
Ghali and reconciliation between Algeria and Morocco
The secretary general of the Francophonic organization, Butros Butros Ghali, has expressed his hope that Saudi Arabian efforts to maintain reconciliation between Algeria and Morocco will succeed, as the two countries are members of the organization.
Regional, Politics, 12/28/1999
Syrian governor visits Turkish province
The governor of Hassaka (a province in northern Syria), Subhi Harb, on Monday visited the Turkish province of Sanli Urfa in the framework of bilateral cooperation between the two neighboring countries.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 12/28/1999
Turkey and the Syrian-Israeli closeness
The Turkish daily Hurriyet in its Monday issue highlighted the impact of the Syrian-Israeli rapprochement on Turkey and the possibility that Turkey will pay the price of such rapprochement.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 12/28/1999
European - Arab tour by Kamal Kharazi
Iranian sources in Cairo told ArabicNews.com today that Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi will make a tour in the middle of coming January that is to include Turkey, the UK, Ireland and Egypt.
Regional-Iran, Politics, 12/28/1999
Israeli intensive political activity after Shas threat to withdraw from coalition
Israel, Politics, 12/28/1999
A review of Egypt's economic activities in 1999 in different sectors
A well-designed plan has been implemented by the government to realize an industrial growth rate of 9.9 per cent and expand Egypt's industrial base. This includes diversifying investment incentives, widening the establishment of small-size industrial complex units in the various governorates along with adopting executive measures for applying a program for modernizing Egypt's industries and following up world trends in the field of industrial development.
Egypt, Economics, 12/28/1999
After EU pullout, fishing becomes strategic development sector
Fishing will become a strategic development factor instead of a bargaining card, and if we wanted our Spanish and Portuguese friends out it was for the sole reason that there was not enough fish, said the chairman of the Moroccan Cephalopod Association (ACM).
Morocco, Politics, 12/28/1999
Nigerian president receives message from King Mohammed
President Olusegun Obassanjo on Monday received a message from King Mohammed VI.
Morocco-Nigeria, Sports, 12/28/1999
Public meeting between Iraq's president and his three brothers
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein granted high medals yesterday evening to his three half-brothers in their first public meeting in two years.
Iraq, Politics, 12/28/1999
Foreign investments in power projects,
reflect Egypt's strong economy
Minister of Electricity and Energy Ali el-Sa'idi said the increasing foreign investments in establishing power stations mirror the world companies confidence in Egypt's strong economy and to how far the country enjoys economic and political stability.
Egypt, Economics, 12/28/1999
ECOWAS confirms withdrawal of Mauritania from group
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has confirmed receiving a message from Mauritania on its decision to withdraw its membership from the Nigeria-based 16-nation grouping, the pan-African news agency PANA.
Mauritania, Economics, 12/28/1999
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Palestinian President Yasser Arafat arrived at Cairo today and convened as soon as he arrived a bilateral summit with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak concerning coordination and consultation between the two presidents regarding the latest developments of the Middle East peace process. Zohdi El-Kedra, Palestine's ambassador in Cairo, told ArabicNews.com that Arafat held a summit with President Mubarak to consult concerning the latest developments in the peace process in light of Israel obstructing the Sharm El-Sheikh agreement and not releasing the Palestinian prisoners according to the Sharm El-Sheikh note.
"The Rabat-Algiers axis has to be put on track and ranks united," Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Mohamed Benaissa told a Moroccan daily. In an interview with "Al Bayane," the head of the Moroccan diplomacy hoped that 2000 will mark the start of turning the pages of the past. It is high time we started building a joint market for the Arab Maghreb and we dismantled the borders, he went on.
The Syrian negotiating delegation under the chairmanship of Foreign Minsiter Farouk al-Sharaa is to leave Damascus on Saturday to participate in the coming round of negotiations with Israel which start on January 3 in the USA. Official Syrian sources said al-Sharaa will continue to head the delegation for several days, then he will leave the committee to resume the negotiations in case of achieving a progress, saying that in case of an essential progress in the negotiations Syria will be ready to participate in the multilateral negotiations.
Jordan's King Abdullah II and members of his accompanying delegation left al-Madina al-Mounawara on Monday, concluding a visit to Saudi Arabia which lasted for two days, during which he performed al-Omra rituals and visited the prophet's holy mosque.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa is meeting today with Mohamed Othman El-Merghani, the leader of the Sudanese opposition coalition, the Democratic National Alliance.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa met with World Bank deputy chairman Ismail Serag El-Din, who said after the meeting that they reviewed developments concerning international issues in general, especially the issue of projects for youths and ending unemployment, in addition to issues concerning financing development in UN organizations.
Iranian Minister of Oil Bijan Zanganeh said that OPEC, during its March meetings, will likely extend for several months the production cuts it enacted this year to stabilize the price of oil, Gulf News reported.
Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Mohamed Benaissa said Morocco will accredit, for the first time, an ambassador to the European Union, in addition to the ambassador posted in Brussels.
Large amounts of snow fell in Naama state in Algeria, coinciding with stormy winds that resulted in killing two persons and heavy material losses. The two-meter snow also resulted in the collapse of houses and collapse 23 families, uprooting of trees and electricity and telephone lines damages and the death of 10,000 cattle.
An official source in Cairo said on Sunday that four drug smugglers were killed during armed confrontations that took place on Sunday with the police in the Nile Delta, northern Egypt.
The Spanish Guardia Civil arrested early this week 20 sub-Saharan nationals on board of a pneumatic raft off the city of Sebta's coast, reports the daily "El Pais." The raft was trying to avoid patrols and cross the Gibraltar Strait with passengers, including a pregnant woman.
Qatar Airways, which said it is Y2K compliant, said that it plans to cancel its New Years Eve flights as a result of a lack of passengers, Gulf Times reported.