Saturday, January 29, 2000

Pres. Clinton meets with Arafat on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum mtg. in Davos, Switzerland. Afterward, the U.S. announces that Arafat, Barak will meet at Erez crossing on 2/3 to discuss FAPS talks. (WP, WT 1/30; AFP 1/30 in WNC 1/31)

On the sidelines of the Davos mtg., the delegates of Israel, 9 Arab countries discuss future regional economic cooperation. (MM 1/31)

Also in Davos, Egyptian, Iranian FMs discuss expanding bilateral ties. (IRNA 1/29 in WNC 1/31)

Palestinian teachers threaten to strike over the absence of funding for promised salary increases in the FY 2000 PA budget. (MENA 1/30) (see 1/26)