MIDDLE EAST AFRICA BRIEF (DELETED) FOR 18 JUNE 1985

Created: 6/18/1985

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NABIH BARRI ANO NEGOTIATIONS

EGYPT-SUDAN: HIGH-LEVEL MEETING

AFRICA: INTEREST IN CLOUD SEEDING

IN BRIEF

I. LEBANON: NABIH BARRI AND NEGOTIATIONS

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UCCES! RELEASE OF SHIAS RESTIGE IN THE

AMAL CHIEF NABIH BARRI HIJACKING. INCIUOINC THC INCREASE HIS INFLUENCE JM THE US IM HIS OEBT.//

//OESPITE BARRt'S EfFORTS TO MANIPULATE THE HIJACKING TO HIS ADVANTAGE, HE IS UNLIKELY TO FORCE THE RELEASE OF THE HOSTAGESOMMITMENT BY ISRAEL TO fREE THEHIA DETAINEES.NFLUENCE WITH THE HIJACKERS IS LIMITED. ESPECIALLY SINCE SOME Of THEM ARE HIZBALLAH SYMPATHIZERS STRONGLY OPPOSEO TO BARRI'S MORE MODERATE POLICIES. SHIA RADICALS HAVE MADE MAJOR INROAOS INTO AMAL'S ORGANIZATION IN THE SOUTHERN SUBURBS OF BEIRUT. AND BARRI'S SUPPORTERS MUST BE VERY CAREFUL IN OPPOSING THEIR MORE RADICAL CORELIGIONISTS OPENLY. BARRI'S RESOURCES ARE

FURTHER STRAINED BY AMAL'S.FOUR-WEEK-OlO CAMPAIGN AGAINST

PALESTINIAN FIGHTERS BESIEGED IN BEIRUT REFUGEEmXmfM

EGYPT-SUDAN: HIGH-LEVEL MEETING

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//EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT-MUBARAK MADE AN UNEXPECTED ONE-DAY TRIP YESTERDAY TO MEET WITH MILITARY COUNCIL CHAIRMAN SUWARFOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE COUP IN APRIL. THEMUBARAK 1NCLU0E0 EGYPT'S DEFENSE. FOREIGN AFFAIRS.

/ /WIJUARAK' S TRIP IS PARI Of A NEW EGYPTIAN STRATEGY TO COUNTER LIBYA'S GROWING INFLUENCE IN SUDAN. IT ALMOST CERTAINLY WAS PROMPTED BY THE VISIT TO KHARTOUM LAST WEEKEND OF LIBYAN OEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF BLHUMAYOI. QAOHAFI'S PERSONAL ENVOY. SUWAR AL-OAHAB MAY HAVE ENCOURAGED THE MEETING WITH MUBARAK TO UNDERMINE DOMESTIC CRITICISM THAT HIS REGIME IS UNABLE TO CONTAIN LIBYAN INROADS IN SUDAN.//

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ORDANIAN PRIME MINISTER RIFA1 "flHIL'A MINOR CABINET CHANGES TO CONSOLIDATE HIS CONTROL OVER POLICY . IKELY TO SHIFT FOREIGN MINISTER AND REMOVE FINANCE ANO INFORMATION MINISTERS.//

UNISIA HAS RAISED FUEL AND SUGAR PRICES AS MUCH ASERCENT TO TRIM BUDGET DEFICIT . . ILL LINK 'FUTURE HIKES IO WAGE LEVELS . . EASURES FAIL TO SATISFY DEMANDS FOR REAL WAGE INCREASES. RISK UNREST . . . UNIONS AND POOR RIOTED OVER FOOD PRICES LAST YEAK

AFRICA

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IR IAN DISSIDENTS BASED IN TANZANIA AGAIN Al TOWN Of MOBA IN EASTERNEGION 'ES.TERDAY .

GOVERNMENTSTILL CONTROL, KEY LITrtS . . IBTA ALMOST CERTAINLY SUPPORTED REBELS.//

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--SRI LANKAN INSURGENTS SLEW UP SECTION OF RAILWAY CONNECTING COLOMBO WITH NORTHERN CITY OF JAFFNA SATURDAY . . . POSSIBLE RETALIATION FOR SECURITY FORCES' KILLING OF AMIL INSURGENTS FRIDAY . . AY HINDER PROGRESS TOWARO NEW NEGOTIATIONS.

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