Al-Ahram Weekly   Al-Ahram Weekly
6 - 12 April 2000
Issue No. 476
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Pervez visit

GENERAL PERVEZ Musharraf, Pakistan's military chief, will arrive in Cairo on 15 April to hold talks with President Hosni Mubarak on ways of consolidating bilateral relations in economic, political and technological fields.

Mahmoud El-Said, Egypt's ambassador to Pakistan, told Mahmoud Murad, deputy chief editor of Al-Ahram, that during his visit, General Musharraf will also meet with Prime Minister Atef Ebeid to further discuss bilateral issues as well as with Defence Minister Field Marshal Mohamed Sayed Tantawi, and the Sheikh of Al-Azhar. Musharraf will also meet with a group of Egyptian businessmen.

Musharraf will be accompanied by a high-level delegation and will travel to Libya in the next step of his tour.

Hebron clash

PALESTINIANS protesting against the expansion of a Jewish settlement clashed with Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday, Reuters reported. Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets, wounding four demonstrators, as some 60 Palestinians from the jointly Palestinian-Israeli controlled village of Beit Ummar near Hebron hurled stones.

Palestinians were protesting because the settlers from Karme Tzur are expanding their settlement onto Palestinian families' land. An Israeli army statement said that demonstration dispersal methods had been used to break up the protests when the Palestinians destroyed a fence to the north of Karme Tzur.

Talks off

THE GULF State of Oman has called off multilateral talks on water resources that were scheduled to be held in Muscat on 11 April. An Omani Foreign Ministry official told Reuters yesterday that his country, the host of the meeting, has not sent any invitations and will not do so until "the Arab League says it is satisfied that the Middle East peace process is heading in the right direction."

Israeli and Arab leaders agreed in February while in Moscow, on dates to resume the long-delayed talks about Middle East economic cooperation, the environment, refugees and water resources.


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