January 28, 2000
 
IN BRIEF
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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz, Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard and Prince Sultan Ibn Abdul Aziz Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defence and Aviation and Inspector General sent cables of condolences to the Lebanese Member of Parliament Tamam Salam for the death of his late father Saeb Salam. Saeb Salam a veteran politician who served as Prime Minister five times died four days after celebrating his 95th birthday. He was the last of the elderly statesmen who fought for Lebanon's independence from France in 1943. His political career began in 1943 and ended in 1992, when his eldest son, Tamam, succeeded him in the Beirut Parliamentary seat he had held for decades. In his five decades in politics, Salam served as Prime Minister and Cabinet Minister. Commenting on his death, Lebanese Prime Minister Salim Al Hoss, who attended the funeral representing President Emile Lahoud, hailed Salam as "a great man" who dedicated his life to serve national and pan-Arab causes. "One Lebanon, not two Lebanons," was one of his better known slogans during the civil war. In 1989 he joined other Lebanese leaders in the reconciliation conference sponsored by Saudi Arabia. Held in Taif, the gathering produced the peace agreement that ended the war in 1990. Dr Bashar Al Assad, the son of the Syrian President, was among the dignitaries who expressed their condolences to Tamam Salam.

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In his first official activity following his return from a short vacation he spent in a desert camp at Khorim Garden outside Riyadh, Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, received at his office at the High Command of the National Guard, the Gabonese President Haj Omar Bongo and the accompanying delegation who were in a visit to Saudi Arabia. During the meeting, Crown Prince Abdullah and President Bongo exchanged friendly talks and discussed mutual relations between the two countries and the world developments.

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Crown Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, received at his camp outside Riyadh Abraham Foxman Director General of the American Anti Defamation League and ADL members; Howard Brokotis, Jim Grossfield, Glen Lowe, Mark Midan, Robert Britsker, Andrew Tish, Glen Tobais and Mal Selbeirg. The reception was also attended by Prince Muteb Ibn Abdul Aziz Minister of Public Works and Housing, Prince Badr Ibn Abdul Aziz Deputy Commander of the National Guard, Prince Nawaf Ibn Abdul Aziz, Prince Abdul Ilah Ibn Muhammad Al Saud advisor at the Crown Prince's Diwan, Prince Fahd Ibn Badr Ibn Abdul Aziz, Prince Abdul Aziz Ibn Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, Prince Dr Bandar Ibn Salman Ibn Muhammad Al Saud, advisor at the Crown Prince's Diwan, Prince Faisal Ibn Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, Captain Pilot Turky Ibn Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, Prince Saud Ibn Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, Prince Muhammad Ibn Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, Chief of the Crown Prince's Diwan Nasser Al Rajhi, Chief of the Private Affairs Ibrahim Ibn Abdul Rahman Al Tasan, Deputy Chief of the Crown Prince's Diwan, the Private Secretary Khalid Ibn Abdul Aziz Al Tuweijry and Head of the Specialized Studies Center Dr Abdul Rahman Al Saeid. Crown Prince Abdullah also received at his camp outside Riyadh Dory Shamoun Leader of the Lebanese Liberal Nationalists Party.

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Deputy Commander of the Saudi Royal Air Forces Major General Pilot Staff Prince Turky Ibn Naser Ibn Abdul Aziz started an official five days visit to South Africa. Prince Turky is accompanied by a delegation from the Royal Air Forces and will meet with the South African Ministry of Defence's official.

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Finance Ministers of the G7 leading industrialized powers announced that they share Japan's concern about possible damage inflicted by the high yen on Japan, Japanese exporters an the economic recovery as well as the world economy. The G7 finance ministers and central bank governors held a meeting in Tokyo to discuss ways of protecting the bright picture of the world economy. In a final statement issued at the end of the meeting, the ministers and central bankers reiterated concern about the strength of the yen which they expressed in the last G7 meeting in September in Washington. The statement added that the group is expecting better chances for achieving a non-inflated development in the big industrial economies.

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An armed clash took place at Tor El Baha area in the Yemeni governorate of Lahj between armed members of the governing General People's Congress Party and the Yemeni Alliance for Reform Party linked with the former party by a strategic alliance although it is now in the opposition. No details were given yet about any casualties. But sources in El Baha said the clash erupted because of a conflict regarding an education bureau which was headed by a high level member of the YAR and has been replaced by a high level member of GPC. The clash led to closing the bureau and security forces had to intervene. A YAR member threw a hand grenade that did not explode towards the soldiers. The man was arrested and also a number of people who were behind the incidents.

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