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Ruler of Qatar wants settlement with Bahrain
Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khaleifa al-Thani on Tuesday, upon his arrival in Manama, showed his determination to settle his country's border disputes with Bahrain.
Bahrain-Bahrain, Politics, 12/29/1999
Ambassadors to be exchanged between Bahrain and Qatar
Qatar and Bahrain agreed to exchange ambassadors and to form high committees under the chairmanship of the crown princes in the two states to develop joint cooperation and discuss settling the existing border dispute between the two countries in fraternal ways.
Qatar-Bahrain, Politics, 12/29/1999
King Mohammed back home after Arab tour
King Mohammed VI returned to Morocco on Tuesday at the end of an Arab tour that took him to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Tunisia.
Morocco-Regional, Politics, 12/29/1999
Bashar al-Assad to visit Iran shortly
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Muhammad al-Sader has announced that Col. Bashar al-Assad will visit Iran for the first time, shortly.
Syria-Iran, Politics, 12/29/1999
Tunis: 20 percent of local councils' seats are for women
Tunisian President Zein El-Abidin Bin Ali decided to specify 20% of the local council seats for Tunisian women in the elections that will be held in middle of next year, which means guaranteeing nearly 1,000 seats for Tunisian females on these councils.
Tunisia, Politics, 12/29/1999
Palestinian official in Damascus today
Well-informed Palestinian sources in Damascus told the Lebanese daily al-Nahar that PLO executive committee member Yasser Amro is expected to arrive in Damascus today and that he will ask the Syrian officials to restore life to Syrian- Palestinian relations, including the possibility of joint coordination in negotiations.
Syria-Syria, Politics, 12/29/1999
Gaddafi gets message from Central Africa Republic counterpart
Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gaddafi on Monday evening received a telephone call from president of the Central Africa Republic, Ange Patasse.
Libya-Central African Republic, Politics, 12/29/1999
Algerian president to visit Saudi Arabia
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will pay a visit to Saudi Arabia at the end of the holy month of Ramadan to perform al-Omra rituals, visit the prophet's mosque and hold talks with King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz.
Algeria-Saudi Arabia, Politics, 12/29/1999
Moussa underlines important of inter-Arab coordination
Foreign Minister Amr Moussa underlined the need to further inter-Arab coordination and voiced belief that Arab countries concerned with the process have no reservations on coordination of stances.
Egypt-Palestine, Politics, 12/29/1999
Palestinians displeased with Israel's latest release of prisoners
The 15-year old boy got shoved with enthusiasm as he joined a few dozens of Palestinians marching through the streets of Gaza. "We are protesting the release of 34 Palestinian prisoners," the boy said. When asked again how would Palestinian protest the release of fellow Palestinians, he corrected his statement: "We are protesting the release of only 34 Palestinian prisoners."
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 12/29/1999
Egyptian FM meets with Sudanese opposition member
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa on Tuesday in Cairo received the chairman of the Sudanese Democratic National Alliance opposition coalition, Muhammad Othman al-Merghani.
Egypt-Sudan, Politics, 12/29/1999
Iraq hails cooperation with Egypt
Iraqi Vice President Taha Yasin Ramadan confirmed the depth of ties between the Egyptian and Iraqi people through the history and civilizations they presented to the Arab states, full of wonders, and challenges to difficulties as well as overcoming the enemies of the Arab states.
Iraq-Egypt, Economics, 12/29/1999
Israeli negotiations teams with Arab counterparts
The Israeli Army's chief of staff, Gen. Shaoul Moufaz, has assigned three main Israeli Army officers at the rank of major general to lead the security teams to the peace talks with Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority.
Regional-Israel, Politics, 12/29/1999
Report: French mediation in Syrian- Israeli negotiations
The Kuwaiti daily al-Qabas issued on Tuesday said that France is trying to convince Syria and Israel that there is a solution that can compromise between the Syrian sovereignty over the waters of the Golan and the difficulty of Israel's giving up these waters.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 12/29/1999
Jordanian coordination between Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the PA and Egypt in marketing religious tourism
Jordanian Minister of Tourism Aqel Beltaji has underlined the importance of coordination between Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan as well as the Palestinian government in marketing religious tourism on the occasion of the celebration of the fall of the third millennium and the beginning of the great Christian pilgrimage to the holy shrines and archaeological sites in the region on January 7, 2000.
Regional-Jordan, Politics, 12/29/1999
Syria, Iraq agreed to resume diplomatic relations
The Iraqi weekly al-Itihad said on Tuesday that Iraq will soon open a department for supervising Iraqi interests in Damascus.
Iraq-Syria, Politics, 12/29/1999
Doha withdraws its ambassador in Gaza for disputes over banker issue
The director of the Qatari foreign minister's office, Muhammad Jaham al-Kawari, stressed on Tuesday that his government withdrew its ambassador to the Palestinian government after it had become impossible to reach a solution to a dispute concerning Palestinian banker Issam Abu Issa, who carries Qatari nationality and is accused by the Palestinian government of money theft.
Qatar-Palestine, Politics, 12/29/1999
13,000 Moroccan villages get electricity within five years
Energy and Mining Minister Youssef Tahiri announced in Casablanca Monday that 13,000 villages will get electricity in the five coming years.
Morocco, Economics, 12/29/1999
Diplomats to be appointed for 4-year term, renewable once, FM
Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Mohamed Benaissa said all Moroccan diplomats, including ambassadors, will be appointed for a four-year term, renewable once.
Morocco, Politics, 12/29/1999
Jordanian transport minister resigns
Jordanian Minister of Transport Nasser Lawzi on Tuesday announced his resignation from the Jordanian government.
Jordan, Politics, 12/29/1999
Syria asks Israel for compensation and prisoners
Syrian parliament member Midhat Saleh al-Saleh said he handed over on Monday to Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa a message from the people of the occupied Syrian Golan Heights who are expelled to Syria, in which they call on their FM to address the question of the 17 citizens of the Golan who are prisoners from the occupied part of the Golan during the next round of peace negotiations between Syria and Israel.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 12/29/1999
Chairman of Israeli negotiating team with Syria secretly tours water resources on the Golan
Well-informed sources said that reserve Gen. Uri Saguy, the chairman of the negotiations team with Syria on December 26 held a secret tour of the area where there are water sources on the Syrian- Israeli borders and along the borders between the two sides drawn in 1983 by Israel.
Syria-Israel, Politics, 12/29/1999
Human Rights Ministry, attorneys join hands to protect vulnerable persons
The Moroccan Human Rights Association and the Bar Association signed a partnership agreement last week to create a body to help and protect women and children in difficult situations.
Morocco, Politics, 12/29/1999
Morocco keen on consolidation of Arab security cooperation
Interior Minister Ahmed El Midaoui met in Rabat Tuesday with the secretary general of the Arab interior ministers' council, Ahmed Ben Mohamed As-salim.
Morocco-Regional, Politics, 12/29/1999
Libya, Italy to strengthen cooperation
Libya and Italy started in Tripoli Tuesday talks for the development of their cooperation in the areas of education, scientific research and vocational training.
Libya-Italy, Politics, 12/29/1999
Morocco renews attachment to U.N. plan for Sahara
"Morocco will continue to fully adhere to the plan, as long as the United Nations secretary-general backs this plan through a fair, democratic and transparent implementation," Moroccan Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister Mohammed Benaissa told a local daily.
Morocco-UN, Politics, 12/29/1999
Final rehearsal of Egypt's millennium celebrations today
The final rehearsal of Egypt's third millennium celebrations titled "The Twelve Dreams of the Sun" will be carried out today.
Egypt, Culture, 12/29/1999
No progress without integrated scientific foundation
Prime Minister Atef Ebeid Tuesday met with Egyptian scientist Dr. Ahmed Zewail, who won the 1999 Nobel Prize in chemistry.
Egypt, Science, 12/29/1999
Denmark closes embassy in Morocco
Denmark will close its embassy in Rabat as of next February 1, an official at the embassy told MAP.
Morocco-Denmark, Politics, 12/29/1999
Continued Israeli raids against south Lebanon, resistance retaliates
The Lebanese resistance on Tuesday launched four attacks against the military positions of the Israeli forces and their South Lebanon Army militia agents inside the occupied part of south Lebanon.
Lebanon-Israel, Military, 12/29/1999
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King Abdullah II of Jordan on Tuesday received a telephone call from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, during which the two leaders reviewed several Arab and international issues, especially the Middle East peace process, and the latest developments concerning them.
Sheik Abdullah El-Ahmar, the head of the Yemeni Parliament, headed to Jeddah for a short visit to Saudi Arabia during which he will perform the minor Haj. Informed sources in Sanaa expected today that El-Ahmar, who is heading the Yemeni side in the high technical committee for the borders, will hold discussions with high-ranking officials in Saudi Arabia concerning raising new concepts for solving the border problem in light of the current communications between the two states.
Algerian Minister of Interior Yazid Zerhouni will convene a press conference during the coming week to declare the number of those who have repented from practicing terrorism and gave up their weapons under a plan that will end on January 13 and in light of what was previously said by former Minister of Interior Abdelmalek Sellal and the preliminary number of those who surrendered during the last month. Algerian security sources stated that the number of terrorists who gave up their weapons exceeded 200, and their files were settled by committees of law implementation.
Prince Felipe of Bourbon, the crown prince of Spain, started on Tuesday a visit to Morocco. The Spanish prince was received at the airport by Prince Moulay Rachid, brother of King Mohammed VI.
Officials in Shas, the biggest religious party in Israel, said they have reached an agreement with Israeli Prime Minsiter Ehud Barak concerning the dispute which threatened Barak's coaliation government as Edi Shaer said through Israeli television that there is only one point of dispute and that Shas is waiting for its settlement, but a final formula must be made for the agreement today.
Algeria, as the current head of the Organization of African Unity, urged Cote D'Ivoire to be patient and wise as well as to guarantee rights and security for everybody.
King Mohammed VI on Tuesday sent President Jacques Chirac of France a condolence message following the storms that hit France last Sunday and Monday. The king expressed feelings of deep sympathy and solidarity and asked President Chirac to convey his condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims. Two violent storms hit France last Sunday and Monday, killing at least 69 persons.
The Moroccan office for industrial development (ODI) will stage Feb. 21-25 Moroccan-Italian industry partnership days in several Italian cities. Seminars and workshops on investment opportunities in Morocco and ready-to-implement projects will be held in collaboration with the Italian foreign trade institute.
Israeli Minister of Justice Yossi Beilin expressed his opposition to removing any Jewish settlement in the West Bank or Gaza Strip in the final settlement with the Palestinians. Israel Radio quoted Beilin as saying that Israel will keep large settlement blocs where Israeli sovereignty will be received in the final status negotiations.
28 Arab and foreign companies agreed to participate in a Kuwaiti fair specializing in fashion and clothing that will be held in January at the Safir International Hotel, where the participating companies will display various women's dresses in addition to shows for perfumes, jewelrey, watches, glasses, and furniture. It is expected that 30,000 visitors will visit the show, especially as the Kuwaiti market is distinguished by different types of consumers concerned with dresses, perfumes and jewelery.
The UN Office of the Iraq Program (OIP) said yesterday that Iraq has exported 14.6 million barrels of oil since the beginning of the seventh phase of the oil-for-food program, bringing in an estimated $340 million in revenue.
The Dubai authorities on Monday closed the International Business Group (IBG), the exclusive distributor for Cartiers International in the Middle East, and its showrooms for customs violations, Gulf News reported.
Three agreements between Qatar and Senegal took effect yesterday, setting up a higher joint committee, encouraging and protecting bilateral investment and creating bilateral trade and economic and technical cooperation, Gulf Times reported.
The first process train is ready to produce liquid natural gas (LNG) at a new processing plant in Qalhat, Oman, Oman Daily Observer reported, adding that the first shipment of the plant's products is planned for April.