Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Oct. 15


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  • Friday, 16 Oct 2020

JERUSALEM -- Israel on Thursday approved plans for 2,782 housing units in West Bank settlements, a day after it approved thousands of new units.

The Israeli Civil Administration's Higher Planning Committee in the Israeli-occupied West Bank said in a statement that it pushed forward a total of 4,948 housing units in two meetings on Wednesday and Thursday. (Israel-Settlement-Approval)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's parliament approved on Thursday the normalization deal signed last month between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The peace agreement was approved in an 80-13 vote in a special session of the Knesset, or the parliament. (Israel-UAE-Peace Deal)

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TEHRAN -- Iran is ready to help the peace process and solution of conflicts in the Nagorno-Karabakh region in close engagement with regional and international players, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday.

The framework for implementing the peace process could bring together Iran, Turkey, Russia, and the Minsk Group, Zarif made the remarks in a telephone conversation with his Azeri counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov on Thursday, official IRNA news agency reported. (Iran-Nagorno-Karabakh-Peace)

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RAMALLAH -- A Palestinian diplomat on Thursday said that Palestine addressed a memo to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to protest against Israel's new plans of expanding settlement in the West Bank.

Permanent Observer of Palestine to the UN Riyad Mansour told "Voice of Palestine" that the memo of protest called for a firm international position against Israel's decision to build new 2,166 units in the West Bank's settlements. (Palestine-UNSC-Israeli Settlement)

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