Chronology: Regional Affairs

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Chronology: Regional Affairs


1998

July 18: The Democratic Party of Kurdistan (KDP) announced that it had signed an agreement with the Turkish foreign ministry to cooperate in countering Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) attacks in northern Iraq. [7/21 FBIS]

July 20: Yemeni President `Ali `Abdallah Salih accused Saudi Arabia of attacking Duwayma Island, a Yemeni-claimed island in the Red Sea, killing three people and injuring nine. [7/21 FT, WP, 7/24 WP]

In Tehran, Armenia and Iran signed an agreement to increase economic cooperation. [7/21 FBIS]

July 25: Yemen's Foreign Minister `Abd al-Qadir Bagammal arrived in Saudi Arabia for talks about the disputed island of Duwayma. [7/26 NYT]

July 31: In Casablanca, on the sidelines of the Organization of the Islamic Conference's (OIC) Jerusalem Committee meeting, Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi met with Iraqi Foreign Minister Muhammad Sa`id al-Sahhaf to discuss developments in bilateral relations. [8/6 FBIS]

Aug. 4: The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported that unknown assailants had killed two members of the KDP central committee. [8/7 FBIS]

Aug. 5: In Tehran, Turki ibn `Abdallah, son of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince `Abdallah ibn `Abd al-`Aziz al-Sa'ud, met with Iranian President Muhammad Khatami to discuss bilateral relations. [8/6 FBIS]

The Cairo-based Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported that Iraq had asked Egypt to agree to the reopening of embassies in Cairo and Baghdad. [8/6 FBIS]

Aug. 7: Unknown assailants bombed the US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing over 130 people, including 12 Americans. [8/8 NYT, FT, WSJ, WP]

In Karachi, authorities arrested a man en route to Afghanistan, identified as Muhammad Sadik Howaida, for suspicion of involvement in the bombings of the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. [8/8 WP]

Aug. 9: Iran accused Afghanistan's Taliban forces of kidnapping 11 Iranian nationals when Taliban forces captured Mazar-i-Sharif on 8 August. [8/10 FT]

Aug. 11: Lebanese Foreign Minister Faris Buwayz announced that Lebanon had decided to open its embassy in Baghdad and to appoint an administrative employee to run consular and trade activity. [8/12 FBIS]

Aug. 15: The Iraqi News Agency (INA) reported that about 750 Iranian pilgrims had crossed the Iran-Iraq border to visit Shi'ite Muslim shrines for the first time in 17 years. [8/16 WP]

Aug. 16: Security sources in Karachi reported that Muhammad Sadik Howaida had confessed to providing the technical, engineering, and logistical support for the US embassy bombing in Nairobi, and that his work was financed by the Saudi millionaire Osama bin Ladin, who allegedly lived in Afghanistan. [8/17 NYT]

Pakistani authorities deported to Kenya Muhammad Sadik Howaida. [8/17 NYT, FT] The US Department of State ordered nonessential personnel and dependents out of Pakistan for fear of reprisals against US citizens due to the Pakistani government's cooperation with US officials in US embassy bombing investigations. [8/17 WP]

Aug. 17: After having been interviewed by US officials in Kenya, Muhammad Saddiq Odehinitially identified by Pakistani authorities as Muhammad Sadik Howaida-did not admit a role in the US embassy bombings or ties to Saudi millionaire Bin Ladin. [8/18 NYT]

Pakistani authorities arrested two more suspected accomplices in the US embassy bombings as they were entering Afghanistan at Torkham, in the Khyber Pass. [8/19 NYT]

Aug. 18: US Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright announced at a news conference that if the Taliban wanted diplomatic relations with the United States and other nations, "it should not be in the position of harboring any of those who are considered terrorists." [8/19 NYT, WP]

Aug. 19: A Taliban spokesman reported that the Taliban would not be willing to extradite to the United States Saudi millionaire Bin Ladin, whom US officials believe was involved in the 7 August bombings of US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. …

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