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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Dec. 4

Xinhua
05 Dec 2022, 08:18 GMT+10

TEHRAN -- The Iranian foreign minister on Sunday accused the United States, along with some other Western countries, of "seeking to cause chaos" in Iran to force its concessions in the talks on reviving a 2015 nuclear deal.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the accusation at a joint press conference with his Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic following their meeting in Serbia's capital Belgrade. (Iran-Nuke Talks-Riots)

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JERUSALEM -- The Israeli air force conducted airstrikes against targets in the Gaza Strip early Sunday, in response to rockets fired from the territory hours before.

According to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), the strikes targeted a weapon manufacturing site "belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization," and the site is "where the majority of the ... rockets in the Gaza Strip are being manufactured." (Israel-Gaza-Airstrike)

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ALGIERS -- Algeria and Jordan signed five agreements on Sunday in a ceremony co-chaired by Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and visiting King Abdullah II of Jordan in the capital Algiers.

The agreements included a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on bilateral political consultations, an agreement on the mutual visa exemption for holders of diplomatic passports and a MoU between the two countries' diplomatic institutes. (Iran-Russia-Ties)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli President Isaac Herzog on Sunday headed to Bahrain for the first visit by an Israeli president.

Before departing, Herzog gave a statement, saying the trip was "another historic step" in the relationship between the two countries. (Israel-Bahrain-UAE)

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