Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Jan. 13

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TRIPOLI -- Libya's rival forces will sign a ceasefire deal in Moscow on Monday, according to media reports citing local officials.

Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) on Sunday issued a statement expressing agreement to a ceasefire starting from Jan. 12 at midnight (2200 GMT), hours after rival forces announced a cessation of hostilities. (Libya-Cease-fire)

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RAMALLAH -- Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye said on Monday that Israel is seeking to increase the number of its settlers in the West Bank to 1 million.

Israel is seeking to increase the settlers' number in the West Bank through demolishing Palestinian facilities, buildings and constructions, Ishtaye said in a statement issued after the weekly cabinet meeting in Ramallah. (Palestine-Israel-Settlement)

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ANKARA -- Negotiations between Libya's warring leaders in Moscow are going positively, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday.

"We are trying to make the cease-fire in Libya permanent," Erdogan said at a press conference in Ankara with visiting Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. (Libya-Russia-Turkey-Talks)

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TEHRAN -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his visiting Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday urged close cooperation between the two neighbors.

In a meeting on Monday, Zarif and Qureshi discussed bilateral ties as well as the latest regional and international developments, according to Iran's state TV. (Iran-Pakistan) Enditem

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