Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Sept. 8


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  • Wednesday, 09 Sep 2020

JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday he will attend a ceremony in Washington next week to sign the peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

"I am proud to travel to Washington next week, at the invitation of (U.S.) President (Donald) Trump, and to attend the historic ceremony at the White House to form the peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates," Netanyahu said in a statement. (Israel-UAE-Peace Deal)

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JERUSALEM -- The U.S. military has launched a new pilot program to test an Israeli-made drone system for intercepting drones, Israel's Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday.

The Skylord drone system, produced by the Israeli company Xtend, is designed to protect troops from "various inbound aerial threats, particularly drones," the ministry said in a statement. (Israel-U.S.-Drone)

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TEHRAN -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that Iran and Turkey as two big regional powers must expand their cooperation to defeat "foreign plots."

"Iran and Turkey are the two great powers in the region, and there have always been animosities and grudges against both countries that still exist today," Rouhani told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the 6th meeting of the Turkey-Iran High-Level Cooperation Council held via videoconference. (Iran-Turkey-Ties)

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TEHRAN -- Iran's chief nuclear official Ali Akbar Salehi said on Tuesday that a new and more modern centrifuge hall has been under construction in the mountainous areas near Natanz after the July 2 explosion.

"It has been decided to establish a more modern, vaster and more comprehensive hall in all aspects in the heart of the mountains near Natanz, and this has already started," Salehi said, as quoted by semi-official Fars news agency. (Iran-Natanz)

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