- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 15, 2004

IRAN

Navy seizes UAE boats, crew

TEHRAN — Iran’s navy has seized another United Arab Emirates fishing boat and crew amid in Persian Gulf waters, the Arabic-language channel of Iranian state television reported yesterday.

On Sunday, the channel said, six UAE fishing boats and 23 crew members were seized while fishing near the Iranian island of Qeshm, a few miles off mainland Iran and near the Strait of Hormuz.

JORDAN

Saudi instability seen as peril to Gulf

AMMAN — Prime Minister Faisal al-Fayez has warned that instability resulting from attacks in Saudi Arabia could spread to other Persian Gulf countries and Jordan.

In an interview published yesterday, he said: “The Arab nation in general is facing a ferocious terror campaign — particularly Saudi Arabia. If international and regional efforts to fight terrorism are not stepped up, there will be no stability in the Middle East.”

“A lack of stability in Saudi Arabia, God forbid, will have big repercussions in other Gulf countries because Saudi Arabia is the backbone of the Gulf region,” Mr. al-Fayez told the pro-government Jordanian newspaper Al Rai.

The prime minister added that the United States has a big role to play in helping the fight against terrorism, “by realizing that American interests are not Israeli interests.” He said “there must be a deep-rooted solution to the Palestinian problem.”

SYRIA

Ban on recognition of Israel may end

MUSCAT — Syria is considering removing from its national charter a clause that forbids the recognition of Israel, Oman’s Alwatan newspaper reported yesterday.

The newspaper said the convention would be changed to call for the implementation of U.N. Security Council resolutions for peace in the region. The clause forbids talks with, peace with and recognition of Israel.

Alwatan also said that Syrian Vice President Abd el-Halim Khaddam, a longtime ally of Mr. Assad’s father, the late President Hafez Assad, will resign. Another change in Syrian laws would allow students who are not members of the ruling Ba’ath Party to participate in university events.

WEEKLY NOTES

ISRAEL’S CRACKDOWN IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES IS REINFORCING ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE WORLD, TURKISH PRIME MINISTER RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN SAID YESTERDAY, APPEALING TO THE JEWISH STATE TO SCALE DOWN ITS OPERATIONS. “WE HAVE NO PROBLEMS WITH THE ISRAELI PEOPLE, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, THE ACTIONS OF THE ISRAELI ADMINISTRATION ARE STRENGTHENING ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE WORLD,” MR. ERDOGAN TOLD LAWMAKERS OF HIS JUSTICE AND DEVELOPMENT PARTY. “IF A COUNTRY WANTS TO EARN RESPECT, IT MUST ACCEPT OTHER PEOPLE’S RIGHT TO LIVE,” HE ADDED. … AN OFFICIAL OF YEMEN’S CENTRAL BANK SAID THIS WEEK THAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL ENFORCE A LAW FOR PREVENTING MONEY LAUNDERING TO ATTRACT INVESTMENT. MUSTAFA SEIF KAED, IN CHARGE OF COMBATING MONEY LAUNDERING, SAID THE LAW WILL BE ENFORCED THROUGH TWO BODIES SET UP BY THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS LAST MONTH TO CHECK THE SOURCES OF INCOME OF BANK CLIENTS AND VERIFY LEGITIMACY.

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