Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, April 4

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's air force received on Sunday a new intelligence aircraft that will provide the military with "unprecedented" reconnaissance capabilities, the Defense Ministry said.

The so-called "Oron" airplane landed on Sunday in the Nevatim airbase in southern Israel after more than nine years of developments by the Defense Ministry, the Israeli Air Force, the Intelligence Directorate, the Israeli Navy, and the Israel Aerospace Industries, according to a statement issued by the Defense Ministry. (Israel-Aircraft-Oron)

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RABAT -- Moroccan King Mohammed VI expressed on Sunday during a telephone conversation with Jordan's King Abdullah II his full support for the stability and security of Jordan, a statement by the royal palace said.

The Moroccan king "reiterated his full and natural solidarity" with Jordan and full support for all the decisions taken by Jordanian King Abdullah II to consolidate security and stability, the statement added.

Jordan's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said Sunday that Prince Hamza, former minister and royal court chief Bassem Awadallah, and royal family member Sharif Hassan Ben Zeid have contacts with external powers to take some actions against the country.

"Jordan succeeded in taking all necessary measures to foil the malicious plot and the security bodies intervened at the last minute and foiled these attempts seeking to harm Jordan's stability and security," he added. (Morocco-Jordan-Coup)

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BEIRUT -- Unidentified people punctured oil pipelines crossing Lebanon's northern Akkar plain from Syria to oil installations in Beddawi-Tripoli with the aim of stealing and selling them, the National News Agency (NNA) reported.

The attack took place above a winter waterway between the areas of Dareen and Sheikh Ayash, where oil has been flowing in abundance, changing the color of the water, it said.

People in the area required the Energy Ministry to fix the oil pipeline in order to prevent pollution in the Great River (Nahr al-Kabir) while affecting agricultural lands and fisheries.

This is not the first time that unidentified people punctured oil pipelines. In March, 2020, the oil pipeline that runs from Iraq to Lebanon via Syria was damaged in the Wadi Khaled area as well. (Lebanon-Pipline-Sabotage)

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AMMAN -- Jordan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Safadi on Sunday met with Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu and discussed bolstering cooperation in the fields of economy, investment, energy, agriculture, information technology, and defense.

The two officials reviewed regional and international developments of common interest, including the Palestinian issue and efforts aimed at launching serious and effective negotiations to resolve the conflict on the basis of the two-state solution, according to a Foreign Ministry statement.

Safadi commended Romania's firm stance towards achieving a just and comprehensive peace through the two-state solution. (Jordan-Romania-Ties) Enditem

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