Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, June 4

BAGHDAD -- Iraqi leaders met on Sunday with visiting Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad in Baghdad to discuss strengthening bilateral ties and cooperation in various fields.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' al-Sudani stressed the importance of the integrity of the Syrian territories to Iraq and the interconnection of Iraqi national security with Syria's security during a meeting with Mekdad, said the Prime Minister Media Office in a statement. (Iraq-Syria-Bilateral Ties)

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RIYADH -- Saudi Energy Ministry announced on Sunday an additional voluntary cut in its production of crude oil.

The reduction amounts to one million barrels per day, starting in July for a month that can be extended, the Saudi Press Agency reported. (Saudi Arabia-Oil Production Cut-OPEC+)

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CAIRO -- The Egyptian president and his Mauritanian counterpart called on Sudan's warring parties to reach an immediate cease-fire to end the country's deadly clashes, Egypt's official news agency MENA reported on Sunday.

During their meeting in Cairo, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and visiting Mohamed Ould Ghazouani urged all Sudanese parties to put the nation's and its people's interests first, and leverage their wisdom to preserve them, the report said. (Egypt-Mauritania-Sudan Crisis)

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CAIRO -- An oil tanker that broke down in Egypt's Suez Canal has been towed away, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) Osama Rabie said on Sunday.

"Traffic in both directions had resumed as normal after tugboats managed to move the stranded tanker," he said. (Egypt-Suez-Tanker Stranded)

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