Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, June 22

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DUBAI -- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) national carrier Etihad Airways announced on Saturday that it has suspended operations through Iranian airspace over the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman.

Etihad Airways consulted closely with the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority and other UAE airlines to evaluate the U.S. action to restrict U.S. airline operations in Iranian-controlled airspace, and then made the decision, said an official statement received by Xinhua. (UAE-Iran-Airlines)

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TUNIS -- Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi has left the military hospital in good health, Presidential Advisor Firas Kafrach confirmed in a statement on Saturday.

Kafrach said the president will continue his activities and talks, especially those planned with political actors and constitutionalists on the amendments to the electoral law adopted on June 18. (Tunisia-President-Health)

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KHARTOUM -- Deputy Chairman of Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC), Mohamed Hamdan Daqlu, said on Saturday that the council seeks no power and is ready for negotiation without exclusion of any political component.

Daqlu made the remarks in his address to a popular rally in eastern Nile area to the east of the capital Khartoum. (Sudan-Political Crisis)

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AMMAN -- Jordan will participate in the Bahrain workshop that will be held on June 25, an official said Saturday.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Sufian Qudah said in a statement that the secretary general of the Ministry of Finance will take part in the event to listen to all issues to be discussed during the event. (Jordan-Bahrain Workshop)

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KHARTOUM -- Sudan's major opposition on Saturday announced the agreement on an Ethiopian initiative to resolve the political crisis in Sudan.

"Our agreement on the Ethiopian initiative means a great shift toward achieving the goals of the revolution in freedom, peace and equality, and it will set the country on the right path to achieve democracy," said Babikir Faisal, spokesman of the opposition Freedom and Change Alliance, at a press conference in the capital Khartoum. (Sudan-Ethiopia-Initiative) Enditem

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