Friday, March 05, 2004

Islam Online- News Section

Islam Online- News Section: "PARIS, March 5 ( & News Agencies) - Amid a flurry of Middle East initiatives, France and Germany unveiled a new joint initiative for reform in the Middle East, stressing that Islam is compatible with modernity and making the settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict a cornerstone of the new initiative.

It was revealed ahead of a meeting Friday, March 5, in Paris between French President Jacques Chirac and his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak who renewed his fierce criticism of a U.S. initiative for reform in "The Greater Middle East".

The French-German Initiative - unveiled Thursday, March 4 - distances both Paris and Berlin from the U.S. reform proposal, which has drawn a hostile response as it was seen as a high-handed attempt to reshape the region and serve the interests of Washington and Israel."

And so the stage is set for another round of international position staking.

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