Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Jan. 12

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DUBAI -- Energy Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Suhail Al Mazrouei has said the alliance of the oil producing nations known as OPEC+ remains committed to a balanced oil market despite rising geopolitical tensions in the region, the local daily newspaper the National reported Sunday.

More than 20 countries are committed not to raising prices but to delivering a balanced oil market and ensuring the world is well supplied, said the minister at the sideline of a meeting in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. (UAE-Oil)

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BAGHDAD -- Seven Katyusha rockets on Sunday hit Balad airbase, which previously housed U.S. troops, in Iraq's central province of Salahudin, a provincial security source said.

The attack took place in the evening when the rockets landed on the airbase, located some 90 km north of Iraqi capital Baghdad, wounding two soldiers and causing damages to nearby buildings, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. (Iraq-Rockets)

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ISTANBUL -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday met with the head of the UN-recognized government in Libya after a truce took effect in the war-torn Libya.

Erdogan received Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the Government of National Accord (GNA), at the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul behind closed doors. (Turkey-Libya-Meeting)

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CAIRO -- A Chinese delegation from China International Import Expo (CIIE) invited on Sunday more Egyptian companies to join the upcoming CIIE session and seize the chance to increase their exports to the Chinese market.

During "Cairo Promotion Conference of 3rd CIIE" held in the Egyptian capital, Liu Fuxue, deputy director general of CIIE bureau, said that the Chinese huge import fair greatly contributes to enhancing and strengthening "economic globalization." (Egypt-CIIE Road Show) Enditem

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