Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, March 21

ANKARA -- Türkiye and Iraq will build a land and railroad transportation corridor stretching from the Iraqi province of Basra to the Turkish border, Türkiye's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

"We have tasked our minister friends, who will carry out the works for materializing the Development Road Project, extending from Basra to Türkiye," Erdogan said at a joint press conference with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' al-Sudani. (Türkiye-Iraq-PM Visit)

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TEHRAN -- Iranian foreign minister has condemned the "repetitive" move by the European Union (EU) and Britain to impose sanctions on Iran, vowing that Tehran will respond "proportionately."

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a phone conversation with his Belgian counterpart Hadja Lahbib on Monday night, in which the two sides also discussed issues of common interest, including bilateral ties, said the Iranian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday. (Iran-Response-Sanctions)

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BEIRUT -- Demonstrators on Tuesday took to the streets across Lebanon to protest against the quick collapse of the Lebanese pound to the U.S. dollar, the National News Agency reported.

The Lebanese currency registered a significant drop on the parallel market Tuesday, hitting 135,000 pounds per U.S. dollar from 100,000 one week ago. (Lebanon-Currency Collapse-Protest)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's parliament repealed on Tuesday a 2005 act that led to the evacuation of four Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank during the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.

Amid ongoing tensions between Israelis and the Palestinians, the move could pave the way for Israeli settlers to return to the abandoned settlements, possibly stoking more tensions. (Israel-Settlement-Repeal)

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