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May 5, 1986 | Associated Press
Saudi Arabia banned the sale of Egypt's government-owned newspaper, Al Ahram, after a series of articles criticized Arabs for relying too heavily on the United States for defense, the newspaper and Saudi sources said Sunday. The sources, reached by telephone from Bahrain, cited a series by Al Ahram's board chairman, Ibrahim Nafeh, as the reason for the ban, effective April 30. They spoke on condition of anonymity.
June 5, 1987 | United Press International
Iran warned today that if war broke out in the Persian Gulf region it would seize any base, garrison, port or pier that countries in the area allowed the United States to use. Tehran radio quoted Parliament Speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani as calling on Iranians to "be ready . . . to throw out the Americans" from Arab states in the gulf, if such facilities were made available to the United States. Rafsanjani evidently was referring to U.S.
April 30, 1991
I am chagrined at our State Department's constant refrain that Jewish settlements in the West Bank or so-called "occupied territories" are "an obstacle to peace." Why cannot the State Department understand and have the courage to state that the real "obstacle to peace" is the total absence of democracy in the Arab lands? The real obstacle to peace is the fact that all the Arab states (with the exception of Egypt) are in a declared state of war against Israel. The real obstacles to peace are the Arab countries' continual boycott of Israel and their refusal to recognize Israel's right to exist in the Middle East.
May 7, 1995 | Times Wire Services
Arab states agreed Saturday to seek an urgent U.N. Security Council meeting to stop Israel from confiscating Palestinian-owned land in East Jerusalem, calling the seizure a threat to Middle East peace. Foreign ministers reached the agreement at a meeting here of the 22-member Arab League in response to Israel's plan to confiscate 140 acres of land to build 7,000 apartments for Jews.
November 16, 1986 | LEE STOKES, United Press International
Greece has for centuries maintained close ties with the Arab world, the Greek Orthodox patriarch says, but those ties have not kept it safe from Arab terrorism. "We Greeks cannot just forget over a thousand years of common heritage because of an historically recent spate of terrorism," said Diodoros, the Greek Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem, whose flock is almost entirely Arab. Since 1981, Socialist Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou has cultivated this common heritage.
April 25, 1991 | Times Wire Services
Kuwait's first postwar government will downgrade its diplomatic ties with four Arab states that supported Iraq during the Persian Gulf War, a senior Kuwaiti official said Wednesday. Kuwait is also blocking the Palestine Liberation Organization's return to its embassy in Kuwait city, the official said.
August 25, 1992
Despite continuing reservations by some Arab nations, President Bush is expected to announce as early as this evening enforcement of a "no-fly" zone to protect Iraq's dissident Shiite Muslim population south of the 32nd Parallel. The proposed move, which would be backed by British and French as well as U.S.
January 6, 1998 | From Reuters
Interior ministers from 20 Arab countries agreed Monday to increase cooperation to fight "terrorism," a term they generally use to describe Muslim fundamentalist violence. An official statement, issued after a two-day meeting, said the ministers also urged "foreign states" to cooperate with Arab security services and legal bodies to help end the violence. This should include handing over wanted criminals, it said. "The Arab states reject terrorism in all its forms and from whatever source . . .
December 13, 1989 | From Reuters
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak made a surprise visit to Tripoli on Tuesday for talks with Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi as Egypt cautiously extends a hand of friendship to its old Arab foes, Libya and Syria. Mubarak telephoned Syrian President Hafez Assad on Monday and agreed that air links should be resumed between Cairo and Damascus. The first Egypt Air Boeing 737 flew to Damascus with a party of officials Tuesday, and the first Syrian flight to Cairo is expected today.
November 12, 2002
Re "Iraq Studies 'Bad and Unjust' U.N. Resolution," Nov. 10: Why was Saddam Hussein given seven days to decide if he intends to comply with the U.N. resolution? As I have come to understand such matters, varmints are given 24-hour ultimatums. Sometimes, come to think of it, they only have until sundown to do the right thing. Seven days? In case it has slipped everyone's mind, the man is a ruthless tyrant. So, who's he going to discuss things with for an entire week? His mirror? Burt Prelutky North Hills When "Bush turned to shove," the United States' resolution on Iraq got unanimous U.N. approval (Nov.
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