Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, June 2

CAIRO -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani agreed on Friday to launch a joint initiative to support and provide relief to people in Sudan.

During a phone conversation, both leaders stressed that the initiative aims to provide humanitarian and relief services to Sudanese people, especially refugees, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement. (Egypt-Sudan-Qatar-Refugees)

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ANKARA -- The Turkish parliament convened on Friday, the first time after the May 14 polls, holding the oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected 600 deputies.

As the parliament began its 28th term, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the ceremony on Friday. He will take oath on Saturday in the parliament to officially start his new five-year term. Erdogan is expected to announce his new cabinet just after his oath-taking ceremony. (Türkiye-Lawmakers-Oath Taking)

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TEHRAN -- Iranian foreign minister said Friday that BRICS member states' combined efforts to strengthen multilateralism have enabled the block to secure an important position in global relations and interactions.

Speaking at the Friends of BRICS meeting in South Africa, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian noted that such a position will certainly be further enhanced if other like-minded powers would join the group, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. (Iran-Friends of BRICS-South Africa)

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KHARTOUM -- The Sudanese army Friday called on Saudi Arabia and the United States to continue mediation efforts to bring the negotiation with the rival faction back on track.

"We urge the mediation to continue its efforts to persuade the other party to implement the requirements of the truce and the short-term cease-fire, in a manner that enables the return to the negotiating track," the office of the Sudanese army's spokesman said in a statement. (Sudan-Peace Talks)

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