Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Jan. 22

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TEHRAN -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday urged Britain, France, and Germany (E3) to "exert" what he called their "sovereignty" in the face of U.S. economic pressures.

Zarif tweeted on Wednesday that "when E3 sold out remnants of #JCPOA to avoid Trump tariffs last week, I warned that it would only whet his appetite." (Iran-E3-US)

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TRIPOLI -- The UN-affiliated International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Wednesday that 129 illegal immigrants have been voluntarily repatriated from Libya to Sudan.

"The UN migration agency has facilitated the safe return of 129 Sudanese nationals from Libya," IOM tweeted. (Libya-Sudan-Illegal Immigrants)

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RAMALLAH -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas received Australian Governor-General David Hurley in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday.

During a bilateral meeting, "the president briefed his guest on the situation of the peace process," said a statement published by the official Palestinian news agency WAFA. (Palestine-Australia-Meeting)

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ANKARA -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday that Turkey expects Russia to comply with the commitment of the cease-fire in Syria's rebel-held Idlib Province, semi-official Anadolu news agency reported.

Speaking at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Cavusoglu pointed out that the Syrian government's attacks in the last rebel-held enclave are "unacceptable." (Turkey-Russia-Idlib) Enditem

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