Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, March 28

MANAMA/BAGHDAD -- Bahrain's foreign ministry on Tuesday summoned Iraq's Charge d'Affaires in Manama Muayyad Omar Abdul Rahman to protest the latter's "repeated violations of diplomatic norms."

Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani handed the Iraqi envoy an official letter to protest his recent behavior that does not comply with diplomatic protocols and his diplomatic duties, Bahrain News Agency reported. (Bahrain-Iraq-Envoy's Recall)

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AMMAN -- Jordan's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi on Tuesday expressed Jordan's full support for Lebanon to overcome the current crisis and restore Lebanon's security and status in the Arab region.

Safadi made the remarks during a meeting with visiting Lebanese Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib. (Jordan-Lebanon-Ties)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli President Isaac Herzog on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leaders to immediately engage in a dialogue, a day after the government suspended a contentious plan to overhaul the judiciary.

Herzog's office said in a statement that the first meeting with teams of representatives from the ruling coalition, Yair Lapid's centrist party of Yesh Atid and Benny Gantz's National Unity party will meet at the president's residence in Jerusalem later on Tuesday. (Israel-Dialogue-Judicial Overhaul)

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ADEN -- At least 11 people were killed early on Tuesday in clashes between Yemeni government forces and Houthi rebels in the country's southern province of Lahj, a military official said.

"Ferocious clashes break out between dozens of heavily armed Houthi attackers and soldiers of the government's Fourth Brigade around the AlKarb area in the government-controlled province of Lahj," the local military official said on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Armed Clash-Casualties)

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