Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, May 21

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  • Monday, 22 May 2023

KHARTOUM -- The Sudanese Army announced on Sunday its commitment to the Agreement on a Short-Term Cease-fire and Humanitarian Arrangements it signed with the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in the Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah late Saturday.

"The armed forces announce their commitment to the agreement and hope the RSF will abide by what it says," the Sudanese army spokesman said in a statement. (Sudan-Ceasefire Deal-Commitment)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir visited the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday morning, drawing condemnations from the Palestinians and Jordan.

Escorted by heavy police and the internal Shin Bet security agency, Ben-Gvir visited the compound in the early morning hours, according to a video statement released by his office. (Israel-Palestine-Tension)

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TEHRAN -- The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman on Sunday strongly condemned a "brutal and cowardly terrorist" attack in southeastern Iran that killed six border guards and injured one.

Making the remarks in a statement published on the ministry's website, Nasser Kanaani said the terrorists aimed to deter Iran and Pakistan from pursuing closer cooperation and friendship. (Iran-Condemnation-Border Attacks)

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CAIRO -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and visiting Sultan of Oman Haitham bin Tariq Al Said on Sunday met in Egypt's capital Cairo on bilateral and regional issues.

The two leaders agreed on continued coordination and joint endeavors for achieving regional stability and security and highlighted the need to intensify efforts to resolve existing crises in a way that protects the supreme interests of the Arab peoples and preserves their capabilities and gains, the Egyptian Presidency said in a statement. (Egypt-Oman-Talks)

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