- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Rice's remarks on Islam anger Arab editorialists
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates Gulf media launched a blistering attack yesterday on President Bush's national security advisor, Condoleezza Rice, for suggesting Washington would change Muslim states it deemed undemocratic.
Other newspapers interpreted her remarks as the harbinger of a "crusade" against Islam and warned Washington that such talk would block possible Arab support for action against Iraq.
Miss Rice, in an interview published in yesterday's Financial Times, underlined Washington's interest in "democratization or the march of freedom in the Muslim world" and said U.S. values of freedom and democracy do not "stop at the edge of Islam."

Egypt voices optimism war can be averted
CAIRO Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak told Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabr at a meeting here yesterday that he was undertaking efforts to pre-empt a U.S. attack on Iraq.
The official Middle East News Agency called the meeting "part of the intensive contacts that President Mubarak is undertaking to prevent the execution of the American threat to strike Iraq."
Meanwhile, Egypt's foreign minister said in remarks published yesterday that the Iraq crisis appeared to be easing after Baghdad agreed to the return of arms inspectors.

Abdullah tells Arafat of efforts to end siege
AMMAN, Jordan King Abdullah II has briefed Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on Arab efforts under way to lift the Israeli siege of his compound, Petra news agency reported yesterday.
The king, on a visit to Bahrain, spoke with Mr. Arafat by telephone for the third time since Israel imposed a blockade on the Palestinian leader's headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah.

Kenya court seeks more data on Yemeni
NAIROBI, Kenya A Yemeni charged with trying to illegally obtain Kenyan citizenship, and who is suspected of having links with the al Qaeda Islamic terrorist group, appeared briefly in court here, only to be remanded in custody for a further two weeks pending further information.
The suspect, Haisam Omar Hussein Omar, alias Ali Abdallah Ali, first appeared in court here Sept. 9 and was charged with attempting to have himself registered as a Kenyan citizen under false pretences. At his appearance Monday, the suspect was sent back to his cell by Magistrate Injene Indeche after a prosecutor said the trial could not start until more information arrived from Interpol.

Weekly notes
Kuwait and Iran will meet in the first half of October to discuss Iranian gas supplies to the emirate, a Kuwaiti minister told yesterday's International Oil Daily. "We hope the negotiations with the Iranians will move swiftly and that Iranian gas will start flowing by the end of 2006," Kuwait's acting oil minister, Sheik Ahmad Al-Fahd Al-Sabah, told the London-based publication. West Bank intelligence chief Tawfiq Tirawi said yesterday that Israel is after him because he is blocking an Israeli-U.S. plan to replace Yasser Arafat with a Palestinian version of Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai. "I and other Palestinians are wanted by Israel because we are an obstacle to attempts to bring in an alternative leadership on the back of Israeli and American tanks, such as happened in Afghanistan," Mr. Tirawi told Dubai-based and Saudi-owned MBC television.

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