Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Dec. 7


AMMAN -- The foreign ministers of Jordan, Egypt and Iraq held a meeting Wednesday in the Jordanian capital to discuss ways to boost the trilateral cooperation.

During their meeting in Amman, Jordan's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry looked into ways to enhance cooperation and increase coordination mechanisms in the political, economic, commercial, industrial, security and other fields, according to a joint statement issued by Jordan's Foreign Ministry. (Jordan-Iraq-Egypt-Cooperation)

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RAMALLAH -- A Palestinian who reportedly launched a drive-by shooting attack on an Israeli military post was killed on Wednesday by Israeli soldiers east of the West Bank city of Ramallah, Israeli and Palestinian authorities said.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said in a statement that Mujahid Hammed, 32, was shot dead by Israeli soldiers near the town of Silwad, east of Ramallah. (Palestian-Israel-Shooting Attack)

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BEIRUT -- Lebanese caretaker Health Minister Firas Abiad said on Wednesday that the cholera outbreak in Lebanon is under control given the limited number of confirmed daily cases, the National News Agency reported.

In the first phase of the vaccination campaign against cholera, 479,582 vaccines have been administered in four governorates, six districts and 80 towns, with 42 percent going to Lebanese citizens, 46 percent to displaced Syrians and 6 percent to Palestinians and other nationalities, Abiad told a press conference. (Lebanon-Cholera)

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ISTANBUL -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday that the sale of U.S. F-16 fighter jets to Türkiye "needs to be finalized as soon as possible."

Cavusoglu made the remarks at a joint press conference in Istanbul with visiting Moldovian Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Nicu Popescu, in response to the latest U.S. Congressional agreement to remove restrictive conditions in the final text of the defense budget on the sale of F-16s to Türkiye. (Turkey-US-F16)

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