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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, May 16

Xinhua
17 May 2022, 08:30 GMT+10

ANKARA -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that there is no need for Finnish and Swedish diplomatic delegations to visit Turkey if they are coming to convince Ankara of their NATO bid.

"Will they come to convince us? Excuse us, but you don't need to bother," Erdogan said at a joint news conference with his Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune in the capital Ankara. (Turkey-Finland-Sweden-NATO)

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TEHRAN -- Iranian Ambassador to Russia Kazem Jalali said relations between Tehran and Moscow are developing in a variety of sectors, semi-official Mehr news agency reported Monday.

According to Jalali, the two countries have carried out cooperation in the military sector, the procurement of relevant equipment, and the economic sector, among others, Jalali was quoted as saying. (Iran-Russia-Ties)

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BAGHDAD -- A dust storm swept across much of Iraq on Monday, sending more than 2,000 people to hospitals with respiratory problems and forcing the closure of airports, schools and some government offices.

Sayf al-Badr, a spokesman for the Iraqi Ministry of Health, said in a statement that most of the 2,000 hospitalized suffer from mild or moderate symptoms and have left the hospitals after receiving treatments. (Iraq-Dust Storm-Patients)

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SANAA -- The first commercial flight in six years took off on Monday from Sanaa, Yemen's capital under the control of the Houthi rebels, as an essential part of the ongoing truce between the Yemeni warring sides.

A Yemen Airways flight, carrying 151 passengers, took off from the Sanaa International Airport bound for Jordan's capital Amman, airport officials said, adding another flight is scheduled to arrive in Sanaa from Amman later in the day. (Yemen-Jordan-Flight)

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