Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, July 30


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  • Friday, 31 Jul 2020

AMMAN -- Jordan said on Thursday it sent Israel a memo via diplomatic channels, urging Israel to respect the sanctity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and stop all violations there.

Jordanian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Deifallah Al-Fayez denounced the continued Israeli "violations" against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the most recent of which was Israel's allowing hundreds of Jewish extremists to storm the mosque on Thursday. (Jordan-Israel)

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ANKARA -- Turkey told Greece that Ankara is ready to host the fourth meeting for confidence-building measures between the two neighbors, semi-official Anadolu Agency reported Thursday.

"We notified the other party that we are ready to hold the fourth meeting in Ankara. We expect the Greek side to attend these meetings," Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told reporters late Wednesday in Ankara. (Turkey-Greece)

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ANKARA -- Turkey and Azerbaijan held a large-scale joint military exercise with the participation of air and ground forces, the Turkish defense ministry said on Thursday.

The joint drilling in Azerbaijan continues with the participation of Turkish army's aviation elements, the ministry tweeted. (Turkey-Azerbaijan)

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TEHRAN -- Total coronavirus infections in Iran hit 301,530 on Thursday after registration of 2,621 new cases overnight, according to the state TV.

Meanwhile, 226 new death cases were registered over the past 24 hours, taking the death toll in the country to 16,569, said Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, during her daily update. (Iran-COVID-19)

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