Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Regional Affairs

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Regional Affairs

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Oct. 19: US House of Representatives Speaker J. Dennis Hastert withdrew the resolution on acknowledging as "genocide" the 1915 mass murder of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire. [10/20 NYT, FT, WSJ, WP]

Nov. 1: Jordanian Prime Minister `Ali Abu Ragheb arrived in Baghdad, becoming the highest ranking Arab official to visit Iraq since the Gulf War of 1990-1991. [11/10 MEED]

Nov. 6: The Moscow-based Interfax news agency reported that on his way to Astana, Kazakhstan, for a meeting with President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Pakistani military leader General Pervez Musharraf had stopped in Ashqabat, and met with Turkmenistani President Saparmurad Niyazov. The two leaders discussed security in Central Asia and the civil conflict in Afghanistan. [11/7 FBIS]

The Tehran-based Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported that following Iranian President Muhammad Khatami's approval, Iran had appointed Muhammad Reza Mavali-Zadeh as its Ambassador to Algeria. [11/9 FBIS]

Nov. 7: The Saudi daily Al-Riyadh reported that for the first time since the Gulf War, Saudi Arabia had opened its borders with Iraq. [11/8 WSJ]

Nov. 13: In Doha, on the sidelines of the Organization of the Islamic Conference summit meeting, Algerian President `Abd al-`Aziz Bouteflika met with Iranian President Khatami to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and improving relations between Algeria and Iran. [11/15 FBIS] Nov. 15: The London-based daily Al-Sharq alAwsat reported that Lebanon, Libya, and Syria had decided to boycott the Euromed Conference, to be held in Marseilles, France. [11/17 FBIS]

Nov. 16: As a gesture of good will, Syrian President Bashar al-Asad announced that he planned to release 600 Lebanese and Syrian political prisoners, including alleged members of the Muslim Brotherhood, Communist Action League, and Communist Party. [11/24 MEED]

The European Parliament approved legislation accusing Turks of "genocide" for the mass killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire beginning in 1915. 11/16 NYT, FT WSJ, WP]

Nov. 17: The Ankara Anatolia (AA) news agency reported that the Italian Parliament had approved a resolution labeling as "genocide" the 1915 mass killing of Armenians. [11/20 FBIS]

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