Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Aug. 3

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BAGHDAD -- Foreign ministers of Iraq, Egypt and Jordan will hold a meeting on Sunday in Baghdad to discuss means of boosting Arab relations, economic cooperation as well supporting stabilization in Iraq, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

A statement by the ministry said the tripartite meeting will discuss "combating terrorism and investment through a series of agreements and understandings that include economic coordination and support for Iraq in the reconstruction of areas liberated from the control of Islamic State (IS) group." (Iraq-Egypt-Jordan)

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DAMASCUS -- At least 30 Syrian military personnel and pro-government fighters were killed Saturday by an explosion in an air base in central Syria, a war monitor reported.

The soldiers were killed by an explosion that rocked the Shayrat air base in the central province of Homs when soldiers were moving out-of-date munition, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the state news agency SANA. (Syria-Explosion)

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CAIRO -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson discussed on Saturday ways to boost mutual ties.

During a phone call, Johnson said he is keen to promote ties with Egypt in all fields, mainly the economic and investment sectors, spokesman for the Egyptian Presidency Basaam Rady said in a statement. (Egypt-Britain-Cooperation)

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RAMALLAH -- A Palestinian diplomat accused the United States on Saturday of preventing the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) from holding Israel accountable and prosecuting it for the crimes it committed against the Palestinians.

Reyad Mansour, the permanent ambassador of the state of Palestine in the UN, told official radio station Voice of Palestine that "holding Israel accountable is absent because the U.S. vetoes any resolution that holds Israel guilty." (Gaza) Enditem

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