Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Regional Affairs

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Regional Affairs

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1999

July 18: Iranian news sources reported that Turkish aircraft had attacked alleged Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) bases in northwestern Iran, killing five Iranians and injuring ten. [7/19 NYT, WPI

July 19: Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit announced that Turkey would launch a joint investigation with Iran into allegations that a Turkish air strike had struck targets in Iran. (7/20 NYT, WSJ, WP, FBIS]

Jul 26: Sudan reopened its-embassy in Kuwait. Relations were frozen between the two countries when Kuwait accused Sudan of supporting Iraq during the 1990-91 invasion of Kuwait. (7/27 NYT]

July 29: The express passenger rail service between Amman and Damascus was inaugurated. [7130 NYT]

July 30: In Islamabad, Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ata'ollah Mohajerani and Pakistani Information and Culture Minister Mushahid Husayn Sa'id signed an agreement for bilateral cultural, scientific, and technical exchanges. [8/2 FBIS]

Aug. 2: Syrian Prime Minister Mahmud Zu'bi arrived in Amman as the head of the first senior Syrian delegation to visit Amman in almost ten years. [8/3 Fr]

Aug. 3: In Amman, Jordanian Prime Minister 'Abd al-Ra'uf al-Rawabidah and Syrian Prime Minister Zu'bi signed a trade agreement, which exempted 200 products from customs. [815 FT, FBIS]

Aug. 4: In Mersa Matrouh, Egypt, Egyptian President Husni Mubarak met with Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhdhafi to discuss bilateral relations and regional issues. (8/5 FBIS]

Aug. 9: Iran released two Turkish soldiers who had crossed the Iranian border during a Turkish air strike on 18 July. [8/10 WP]

Aug. 13: Iran and Turkey signed an agreement to cooperate militarily against PKK forces. …

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